It’s not unusual for me to think about whether I really am a writer. Plenty of people say “I want to be a writer!”. I ask you this, then… What makes someone a writer?
You don’t need much to get an answer: a writer is someone who writes. It is indeed that simple!
There is no magical idea that will turn you into the next Nobel Prize winner in Literature… If you want to be a writer, you must write. If you want to be a good writer, you must write even more! Every time you have an idea, you should write it down, without concerning yourself with rules and the beauty in particular words. That comes later down the road.
Of course you should establish some goals for yourself and your work though. Which kind of writer do you want to be? What do you want to write about? Do you wish to write books? Fiction or non-fiction? Do you want to discuss ideas or just tell a funny story? Maybe even a sad one? Do you want to do it all, no holds barred? There are way too many questions to think about when you finally decide you want to become a writer.
However, it’s perfectly normal if you cannot answer all these questions, I myself can’t do so either. This is often true, especially if you are, just now, starting out, but eventually, if you want to evolve as a writer, you must ponder some of them.
Finding your way around is never easy, so you must try things out as much as you can, so you can truly get to and find what really moves you. Be bold, take risks, write different genres and stories, try to write a novel, try to write a short-story, read some books that you never thought you’d read.
At some point, you’ll realize that you’re already a writer, so you need to think about priorities and, step by step, make decisions regarding your writing and its position within your life. Work for it. Deal with the bad moments and enjoy the good ones. Make decisions and take small, yet steady, steps towards them.
And don’t forget to have fun!