Unpopular Opinion: I think calling yourself an aspiring author/aspiring writer is doing you nothing but harm.
I don’t want to be mean. I don’t want to be rude. I don’t even want to point anyone out, but, I just don’t get it. Why would you ever call yourself an aspiring writer? I see it a lot. Everywhere. Biographies on websites, blurbs on people’s published work, blog posts. Aspiring, aspiring, aspiring. Do we even know what that means anymore?
As writers, everyday we wake up. Everyday we put pen to paper, hands to keyboard, thoughts to words and get work out. We are people who have finished novels, short stories, blog posts. Whether all we’ve completed is a poem this week, or NaNoWriMo all year. Maybe it isn’t as prolific as we want to be, but, we’re doing, right? We’ve completed things. We didn’t sit around and stare out the window, looking at the stars, wishing to be a writer.
Why are we trying to paint that picture of ourselves?
Calling yourself an aspiring author is selling yourself short, don’t you think? Telling people what you want to be instead of what you are is sort of self-depreciating. You’re a writer! You’re an author! Stand up for yourself. Sure you don’t have an agent, you don’t have a book deal, you don’t even get paid for what you do.
But you write, right? Stories and books and poems are you in your authorship, right? You’re a novelist, a poet, a short-story scribbler.
You’re not aspiring. You’re doing. That’s more than half the people who sit around on social networks discussing writing can say. Wear those words proudly. It’s what you do. Don’t let anyone take that from you and really don’t give it up yourself.
You won’t see me doing that anytime soon.
Do you use the word aspiring when describing yourself? I’m interested in knowing why. Maybe I’m wrong and you’re right. Maybe no one is right. But still, hit me up, let me know.