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Aspiring writer…. Aspriring? That doesn’t sound right.

“So you’re an aspiring writer? How nice.”

“No, I’m not.”

I’m having some difficulty with this topic. Argue if you will, agree if you will but I don’t like the term: aspiring writer. Mainly because I don’t like the way the term is used. It sounds almost belittling. I’m not aspiring to be a writer. I am a writer, published or not doesn’t remove that fact. If you’re writing, you are meeting your goal, you’re not aspiring to write. You are writing.

I am aspiring to get published. I’m aspiring to be a better writer. I’m aspiring to be successful. But no I am not an aspiring writer. I’d say an accurate assessment would be that I am aspiring to be a published author.

That sounds right.

6 responses

  1. romancingforthrills

    Great point, well made. I always say i’m an aspiring writer, but you’re right, I aspiring to be a published author. I’ve already got a first draft of my novel, and I’m working on the second draft, so from now on I will proudly say ‘I am a writer’. Thank you 🙂

    March 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm

  2. KaM

    I think writing is multifaceted. I’m close to completing a PhD thesis, but if I aspire to be a writer, it’s because a doctoral thesis is not a career. And so the floodgates open. Is to be a writer a pasttime or a career? And then, at what point do you become a writer? ‘Aspiring’ is about self-confidence in that regard. ‘Aspiring writer’ is a lazy statement, as you say. If I aspire to be a writer, it’s to be a copywriter, or a professional blogger, or a contributing editor. All I’d suggest is that to be a ‘writer’, and to declare it beyond aspiring, is less black and white than it seems. Certainly, though, this will make me aware of the terms I use in any such circumstance. 🙂

    March 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm

  3. Romancingforthrills, Congrats on the completion of your first draft! It’s a huge accomplishment. I am glad to know that my thoughts are translating and helping you move forward. Best of luck. 🙂

    KaM, You are certainly correct, writing is multifaciated and a very broad term in itself. In this context, I am obviously speaking of writing as an art form and a craft. One that will hopefully lead to publication which is my goal as an aspiring novelist and author. I believe that the aspiration one seeks in this regard is on a professional level not a creative one. We all have the power to be creative, one doesn’t need to aspire to be a creative writer, one only needs to write and write often. One does however, need to aspire to write as a profession. For me these are two completely different animals. I’ve been writing most of my life but I’ve never aspired to do anything with it professionally until now. That’s the difference for me. Thank you very much for your comments and good luck on your thesis! 🙂

    March 7, 2011 at 8:46 am

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