It's the first Wednesday of the month, so you know what that means... Insecure Writer's Support Group. The monthly post where we get to air out all our writer's dirty laundry, Oh wait wrong post, I mean insecurities. This of course was thought up by the brilliant ninja master Alex J. Cavanaugh.
Last week I was at work talking to a couple of my co-workers, one of them being a good friend of mine. We somehow got on the subject of my blog. The conversation went a little like this:
Me: I'm a blogger.
Co-worker: Oh, what do you blog about?
Me: This and that, nothing much really.
Co-worker: Is it a well followed blog?
Me: I have a few followers.
My friend: Really, Jessica? She actually blogs about writing because she's also writer and she has almost 200 followers.
Here it comes...the dreaded question.
Co-worker: Do you have anything published? Can I find it on Amazon?
My friend: (who is now looking a little disgusted with me) She is half way through her first book.
Co-worker: Cool. Can I check out your blog?
I can readily admit I'm a blogger. I tell people about my blog if they're interested. I'll even give them my website. I'll even call myself a blogger, but not a writer. I write a blog. I've written over 30,000 words on my WIP, but yet I don't feel comfortable calling myself a writer. I feel like I'm pretending to be something I'm not if I say it. It would be like if I'm at work and I told everyone I was a doctor when really I'm a nurse.
What qualifies you as a writer? When do you get to say I'm a writer? I once heard somewhere that if you write, you are a writer, but is that true? When do you feel like a writer?