If a fly lost its wings, would it be called a walk?
And if a writer isn’t busy writing, is he/she still a writer? Is being a writer based only on what a writer does? Or is there more to it?
The fact is a writer has to be able to wear many hats: author, editor, student, entrepreneur, marketer, salesperson, advertiser, ambassador, servant, Christian, and maybe spouse and/or parent. On top of that, many writers have day jobs!
So what makes a writer a writer?
In my humble opinion, I believe that if I’m engaged in any activity that furthers my competency or creativity as a writer, I am working as a writer. I may be banging away at the keyboard, reading another writer’s novel, studying a book on craft, attending a writers group, helping another writer, cleaning my desk, making the tough decision between milk or flavored coffee creamer, or doing an edit of my last chapter–just to name a few possibilities. Some of these activities may be more enjoyable than others, but they’re all part of the journey.
What do you think? What do you think determines if someone is a writer? What makes you feel like a writer?