You Are a Writer…

Murder in Black and WhiteIwork with a lot of writers, some brand new, some more seasoned. I’m part coach, part cheerleader, part brainstorming partner – but one thing stands out for me.

A lot of writers don’t consider themselves writers. I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by writers great in talent and generous in spirit. I learned long ago that I am a writer, merely because I write. I can’t get through a day without writing – and be fit company for man or beast, that is.

Yes, my writing earns payment these days and has for a little over 10 years. However, back in the 90’s when I was starting out, writers like Sharon Sala, Elizabeth Sinclair and Nora Roberts pointed out on several occasions, that I was a WRITER even before I got paid to write anything. Payment only made me an income-producing writer.

All the rest is legalism, in my opinion. You are not a writer because you write well, or often. You are a writer because you MUST write. You may never send it out, but you are a writer. You may need to revise that article or manuscript for years, but you are still a writer. You may have 100 rejections in that folder – but there it is – you are STILL a writer!

If this is hits home for you, I recommend that you redefine yourself today. If you love to write and actually put words on paper, then you are a writer!

Now, to become a New York Times best-selling author takes more than writing. But you’ll never get there either, until you own that you are already…A WRITER!!

Write much – submit often! See you Sunday!


About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014. Author of Murder in Black and White, Still Shot, Merciful Blessings, and numerous published short stories.
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2 Responses to You Are a Writer…

  1. Jack Owen says:

    It is written:
    “The difference between a Writer and NYT Top Ten Blockbuster are – 50 Shades of Pay!”

  2. Jack Owen says:

    make that “Grades” …

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