When can I call myself a writer?

A writer writes.

That’s it.

The burden we feel to “be the best” or “outperform” other men is self-inflicted.

If competing brings you joy and meaning, then by all means, compete, but remember that praise changes nothing.

You’re no more or less of a man if you aren’t competing.

In the grand scheme of things your achievements are insignificant.

Focus on what gives you joy; praise is extraneous, enjoyment makes curious.

The curious mind will naturally improve through concerted effort.

But becoming better at writing is not a requirement for calling yourself a writer.

You enjoying yourself is the only thing that matters.

Write for an audience of one.

Created on July 9, 2021
Published on July 14, 2021
Last modified on March 31, 2022