Great post from Leigh Ann on Wednesday. Also great article which was posted on her blog. It really got me thinking, because I do feel like a fraud or that I shouldn't be using the term "writer" for myself.
In college, I didn't take a single English class or real writing class. I was required to take two freshmen writing seminars, but they weren't on creative writing, and I didn't even like them. Most of my time was filled with biology and other science classes, where the most writing I did was lab reports (yuck).
I think it's hard to identify myself as a writer, because it's something that's so new, and if you look at it at the surface, out of character. But, I was always, always a reader. And I love to create, whether it's music, photos, whatever. So it's not really out of my character. Writing is something I can do by myself, which is also another reason I like writing. I'm shy and don't want to have to wait for other people for the creative process. I like creating characters and story-telling. There are so many interesting people in my brain with interesting stories. (I do not have multiple-personality disorder -- don't worry.) But if you asked me what I am? First thing I would say is an Ultimate frisbee player, followed by musician, linguist, soon-to-be teacher of high school science, and then probably a writer.
But I think about writing all the time. I write (almost) every day. So what's to say I'm not a writer? I thought maybe when I started Novel 2 I would feel more like a writer, because the first one wouldn't just be a fluke. And I guess maybe that is true. But I still think, sometimes, that maybe finishing these novels is luck. BUT WHO AM I KIDDING? Writing is hard work and they won't write themselves, so we owe it to ourselves to call us WRITERS.