PS Well, I posted my reply on your about page. So sorry –I was reading your post then came here.
I was just today thinking on the subject of what makes a writer. I agree with this post and am glad to know the proper definition, which is what I thought 🙂 –I am a writer. I’ve only published twice, never paid, except that I did win a small prize for one. I’ve always thought that fiction writers must posses a creativity that I don’t, but writing about real life is hard too. I don’t know why I keep doing it –unpaid, unpublished, while it isn’t easy. I wonder if it is a bad habit or creativity.
Glad to have read your post.
Don’t sweat it. The reason why I keep on writing (and often posting my stories and novels on-line for people to read for free) without getting paid is because I love to write and I want to share my ideas with others. It’s not about the money or book deals or the recognition. I simply love to write. It’s what I do, it’s who I am.
Writing in any form can be creative. Even just writing an article that retells facts can be hard work, especially if you are having to research and site sources (just ask anyone who has ever been forced to write a term paper in school!). Writing is hard, demanding work. If it weren’t, then anyone could do it. I think creativity is what you make of it. It’s not really about what the storyline is, but how it is written that separates a good writer from a really great one.
Good luck, and keep on writing!
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