Please excuse the delayed post. Encountered mass frustration due to website failure last night while attempting to schedule post for 7am today.
Draft didn’t save.
I was angry. My poor aging laptop got slammed shut.
Didn’t want to rewrite the better part of a sizable post last night, but I knew I wanted to keep my Tuesday/Friday schedule. This nighttime post is the compromise.
To start, some questions to ponder:
- When does it become acceptable to consider myself a writer?
- Do I need to be published first?
- Why is it so difficult to say, out loud to myself and others, “I am a writer”?
- Do other people encounter this difficulty?
- Does it have to do with fear/pride/pessimism?
- If/when I’m finally ready to call myself a writer, does that mean I can/should give advice to others?
- Should I share my ideas about the writing process now, even though I still consider myself a newbie?
- Slightly related, what has this blog done for me/my writing habits since I started writing on a regulated schedule?
- Should I be thinking of the blog posts as my own cathartic exercises, journal entries of a sort, or as public writings that people are interested in reading and learning about.
There comes a time, every few weeks, when I start to doubt my abilities and the purpose of this blog… hence the questions above. But I will not be deterred. In the process of writing this post, I’ve decided that I will try my best to keep any self-doubt OUT of this blog. The advice I will give, and the comments on my own or others’ approach to writing, will come as plain fact – without any uncertainty or hesitation.
As always, I welcome and encourage suggestions and thoughts on my writing. Specifically on this post, I hope for comments on my questions above.
Just under the wire for calling this a Tuesday post.