The thing is, when someone comes up to you and tells you they are a singer, you typically expect them to be able to carry a tune. If someone walks up to you with a violin, you have already imagined that the music will be played expertly. But for some reason, some odd reason, anyone and everyone can carry a pen and declare themselves a writer.
I may sound like a right witch, but I won't consider you a writer unless...
- You have spent some time honing your craft - Whether by studying the work of other writers, reading books about writing, attending some course or other, writing regularly etc. I do not consider reading to be honing your craft, unless your craft is reading.
- You pay attention to grammar - You do not have to be the king or queen of grammar but if you pay little or no attention to it, do not consider yourself a writer. Reading should be a pleasurable experience, not a painful one.
- You edit your work - Have you made a habit of writing and immediately pressing publish? There’s nothing wrong with showing others your first draft, but keep in mind it is your first draft. It is necessary that you go back to it, whether it is an essay, story or poem (more ranting about people who call themselves poets later).
- You are informed - You call yourself a writer of horror but you don’t read horror and you can’t name any authors who write in that genre - stop kidding.
Feel free to judge me by this criteria.
Keep writing! 😉