Do you call yourself a writer or an author? Or do you use the two interchangeably?
I tend to refer to myself as a writer. I’ve always said I’ll call myself an author if and when I get published.
But what if the way we refer to ourselves is holding us back?
Check out this simple illustration. I searched, ‘Why are writers…’ and – bar a few exceptions – the results are pretty negative.
Swap in the word ‘author’ and look what happens…
It made me wonder…
How often do we limit our own narratives?
How does our own language shape our perceptions of our own abilities?
Perhaps we don’t want to make assumptions, to take up space. Maybe we don’t want other people to think we’re above our station.
Perhaps it’s imposter syndrome getting the upper hand. Perhaps we don’t want to be challenged and admit that no, I’m not published… yet.
So what does ‘author’ really mean?
The word ‘author’ comes from the Latin, augere, meaning to increase, originate or promote. I love that it also picks up a little of the English ‘authentic’ along the way.
So, there you have it. If you’re creating stories and worlds and people, you’re an author.
So no more standing in your own way!
2 thoughts on “Are you a writer or an author?”
When I want to give myself a pep talk, I think of Vincent van Goch. He was an artist who didn’t have time for mental blocks. Despite only selling one painting in his lifetime he kept on creating to the end.
Absolutely, what an inspiration!
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