I agonised over using the phrase “aspiring writer” in the sub-heading for this blog. After all, I wouldn’t want anyone to think that I think I’m actually any good at writing. I don’t want them to think that I’m trying to be the next J K Rowling. Maybe it would be better to describe myself as a “novice writer” or a “hopeful writer”.
In the end, I ignored the voice in my head and went with “aspiring writer”. I like the way it sounds.
“direct one’s hopes or ambitions towards achieving something” (www.oxforddictionaries.com)
When I looked up what to aspire actually meant, I realised that I am an aspiring writer. I do want to achieve something with my writing. I want to turn my ideas into actual finished stories. I want to adopt and improve writing routines. I want to maintain my creativity and feel inspired every day. I want to make peace with my inner critic and feel more comfortable in sharing my writing. I want to get better at writing all the time.
Of course there is part of me that would love to hit upon a bestseller. That would love to be able to tell people that I write books for a living. But that is not how I choose to measure my success. Even if no one ever reads a word I write, I will still be an aspiring writer and a successful writer so long as I continue to work towards meeting my own personal writing goals.
- Foolproof ways to begin writing a short story (or any fiction for that matter) (lucidverity.wordpress.com)
- Silencing the Writing Demons Within (princessofthelight.wordpress.com)
- Advice to aspiring writers (kate0murray.wordpress.com)