Definition of a Writer {Guest Post}

On Monday’s we like to talk creativity and inspiration, today on writing. What is the definition of a writer? Please welcome Brook as she shares her thoughts and words.

“You’re such a good writer.” Someone said to me recently.

Immediately I mumble a thanks and blush, because honestly I DON’T consider myself a writer.

I never have. Not even when I wrote freelance articles for the local paper or wrote stories for newsletters I NEVER once considered myself a writer.

That title is special. It’s saved for people who write flowery prose and meld words into a picture for the reader.

I write in broken paragraphs, and run on sentences with commas in the wrong places. I write in a frazzled hurried way {mostly because I’m writing on my lunch hour and need to crank my thoughts out as quickly as they come to my warped brain.}

What do you think makes someone a writer?

I’m not sure. Hence the question.

Webster’s defines a writer as some one who has written something and someone whose work is to write books, poems or stories.

Hmmm, puzzling yet again.

The first definition in its language is vague to say the least.

I wouldn’t consider a person writing a random email a writer, but … what if that email moved you, made you take action or made you feel a strong emotion. Then is that person a writer for eliciting a reaction from the reader? Is that what defines a writer?

Or is it just words on a page or screen?

Personally I’ve always defined it as someone who gets paid to write. But…then where does that put a meager blogger like myself?

I have followers, and readers, but I don’t make money from my words.

I write like it’s a job. Planning posts, setting aside time to write and massaging words into sentences.

WRITER – a confusing word and one that I don’t feel worthy of.

And yet I write.

I write so I don’t have to hire a therapist.

I write to make people laugh.

I write so I don’t forget special moments and all the awesome, witty words I have floating my head.

But most of all I write because I NEED to.

Like I need food, water and oxygen, I need a pen, paper and a head full words.

Does that make me a writer? I’ll let you decide.

Source: tumblr.com via Brook on Pinterest


Brook is a spunky redhead who shares her views on life, love, kids and the world via her blog Readhead Reverie. She never sugar coats it and never acts like she’s perfect, because truthfully wouldn’t that be so FREAKING BORING.———

Monday’s on the Bigger Picture Blogs Facebook page we’re going to introduce some Creative Inspiration. We will post 1-3 words and encourage you to roll those words around in your head and be inspired. Use them to propel you out of the Monday funk and into a creative mood.

Use them as you will.

Take a Photo
Write a Poem
Write a post
Write two sentences
Paint a picture

The point is to use them to infuse your Monday with 5 minutes of creativity.

There is no link up, no need to post by a certain day. Just inspiration and creativity on what could be an uninspiring day.

We encourage you to write on our Facebook wall or leave a link with what you were inspired to do.

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14 responses to “Definition of a Writer {Guest Post}

  1. I love that (almost the) end line – you write because you NEED to, because that need to create trumps other needs. You know, like doing the dishes. 🙂

    This is an excellent post, with lovely food for thought – thank you.

  2. I truly enjoyed your words. You fit the definition of a writer. keep it coming!

  3. I think (and this is not very different from what you’ve said here) that a writer is someone who feels that longing to write in their hearts, who hears the call of the Muse, and feels that what they really LONG to say is best said through the written word.

    We may be the greenest of amateurs, or the greatest savants, eloquent fools, or the deeply touched struggling to articulate. We may push aside the call or surrender to it, but if writing is what allows you to breathe, you are a writer.

    • I totally agree, and after reading all the comments today. I truly believe it all stems from emotional connection in the writing, and from the writer. Without it the words will just die on the page.

  4. Agreed. Writers write because they need to exhale words like they must inhale oxygen to live. Writers have words overflowing from their heart and can’t rest until they settle softly on a page, tattooed and imprinted someplace other than their brains. Great thoughts!

  5. i think you have a talent with putting words together and having it flow into our minds. just knowing you enjoy writing and you get something from it shows that it’s great medicine, too. much cheaper than therapy — yes!!!

  6. I write because I narrate my life internally in prose and sometimes that narration just spills onto the page. I write, because I see something and describe it to myself in words, always words. Great post, Brook!

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