The big annual “writer’s festival” is about to start where I live, and I’ll put money on one of the authors saying, at some point, something that equates being a writer with being published.
You mightn’t find that strange – a lot of people think that the term “writer” means a published author – but it always jars with me.
I’ve always thought of myself as a writer, because that’s what I’ve always done; write fiction. I’ve been doing it since before I could actually form letters with a pen.
That’s the weird thing, when you think about it, because we don’t have word that describes a person who is unpublished and writes.
But then, it’s like when people refer to writing as a hobby… hobby to me is something you do for fun, or to fill in your weekends. Certainly something you do by choice. Writing was never like that for me. I write in my sleep. I write in any quiet moment the world gives me. It’s more of a reflex than a conscious thing for me. But we don’t have a word for that either.
Maybe I should try and coin a new set of terms for writers like me?