This week on Twitter I came across a user whose bio included the phrase “eventual novelist.” It reminded me of a phrase I used for years. “Aspiring writer.” I don’t say that anymore, my Twitter bio is now “writer of words.”
Aspirations are fantastic. Don’t let anyone say you should stop aspiring. Yes, I know what the title of this post is. The point isn’t to stop dreaming, stop reaching, or stop trying. The idea is more to get over the notion that you’re an aspiring writer, and instead to be a writer.
It’s not an easy hump to get over, but it’s essential. “Aspiring writer” sounds fantastic, like you’re a pie-eyed dreaming. One day you’re going to set down and you’re going to create the next great novel, the one that will show the world. But if you’re putting words to pages then, my friend, you are a writer. And that’s actually a powerful transition. It’s the transition that got me over my submission anxiety for starters. I’m not an aspiring writer. I’m a writer. Now, I may be a writer with aspirations, as well I should be. I aspire to have a novel published. I aspire to headline an anthology. Those don’t mean I’m still just an aspiring writer.
They mean I’m a writer who aspires.
Be that. Do that. Don’t be an eventual novelist or an aspiring writer. Write! Do it! DO IT NOW!