I am a big fan of owning things. I don’t mean in a materialistic kind of way, but in an absorbing something into your identity kind of way. So instead of saying “I’m an aspiring writer”, you just say, “I’m a writer.” This is important, a big step toward being a professional writer. But that’s not actually what I want to talk about today. Not directly anyway.
See, here’s the thing. While it’s a great thing to own being a writer, it’s not enough. It’s necessary but not sufficient. Because saying that you are a writer is a static thing. It’s a noun. A descriptive term.
And it’s a term you need to earn. Repeatedly. Because you can’t call yourself a writer and mean it if you’re not actually writing on a regular basis. You aren’t really a writer if you just wrote something that one time and then never touched it again. Those people are hobbyists, those folks you meet at cocktail parties who say “Oh I have a great idea for a book”, who might actually have gone the next step further and vomited it out during NaNo one year and then got it out of their system and moved on to the next thing.
No. You’re better than that. You have more than one idea, recognize that you need to work on your craft, and that you actually have to KEEP WRITING.
WRITING. That’s the clincher. The VERB. The ACTION verb that indicates something is HAPPENING on a continual basis.
That is what this challenge is really about. Helping you to become an action verb by encouraging you to set goals and work toward them on a daily basis. To report in about them, and, most importantly, change them if they aren’t working for you.
So that is my challenge to you this Round. Be an ACTION VERB people! Earn that title of writer.
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