Are you an author or a writer?

  
What do you call yourself? A writer or author? 

I call myself a writer and an aspiring author. As I don’t believe I am an author until my work is actually published. When my booke are brought in print or electronically and on library shelves. Even though I’m currently writing a story on wattpad and writing this blog! Until I get a book in print or sold online I cannot call myself an author.

Let’s discuss the definitions!  

Writer: a person who has written something or who writes in a particular way.

Author: a writer of a book, article, or document. “he is the author of several books on the subject”

 

Feedback as a writer;

The other day I had an acquatance tell me that she loved my writing and would buy my books. I was taken aback because the story I’m writing on wattpad is a very short story, 12 chapters and a first draft. So to me the work is ordinary not amazing as she was saying!     Planning on sharing my wattpad experience in a future blogpost.

I did suddenly feel like maybe I am a good writer! We all have doubts and I’ve set my goals in becoming a published author in the next few years. But I’ve set my expectations low. I know it may take time, so I’m being realistic I believe.

I was happy that they could connect with the characters, picture my scenes and yearning for more. It was a boost to my ego. I then realised though that an editor at a publishing house needs to love it. Will they? I don’t think they would see it as amazing!

Last year when I submitted my first manuscript and it got rejected I got a polite no thanks. Then when I asked for feedback it came back!  It was heartbreaking, but constructive and the editor was honest in areas I needed to improve.  This helped to build up my resilience in a tough industry where all of us writers are dreaming of becoming authors.

“It takes quite a few submissions and rejections before you are published” established authors tell us.  

What’s your thoughts on the subject? Comment below! 

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So you want to be a writer?

Today I decided I’d share with you my favourite podcast show for writer’s.

“So you want to be a writer” hosted by Valerie Khoo & Allison Tait.

so you want to be a writer

Link: http://www.writerscentre.com.au/podcasts/

These ladies are from the Australian Writers’ Centre and host a great show. It airs weekly and covers all different types of writing tips and information. It covers blogging, novel writing and freelance writing. They also have great publishing tips from authors, publishers and editors.

I also love how they have the show notes on their website (link shared above).

My favourite segment is how they do an interview every week with a different author, the segment is titled ‘writer in residence.’ This part of the show is where they interview authors and get three top writing tips. I have found some of these interviews to be very insightful in the writing world.

I have discovered lots of sites, authors, publishers and even apps for my phone to help with my writing.

It was actually this podcast that pushed me to begin using social media as a platform for my writing. I first joined twitter and have built up lots of tips and learned a lot from this show over the past year. I have now decided to start this blog which is partly inspired by these two ladies.

I highly recommend that you check it out and I bet you will be so impressed that you will backlog the past shows (75 so far).

Link to iTunes with a list of all the episodes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/so-you-want-to-be-writer-australian/id836440322?mt=2

My favourite episode is hard as I have so many favourite. But if I could pick one it is would be the interview with one of my very favourite author’s Liane Moriarty.

Ep 25: Write for your goals, become a productive freelance writer, agents behaving badly and New York bestselling author Liane Moriarty. http://www.writerscentre.com.au/ep-25/

Australian Writers Centre Links:

Writers Centre on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WritersCentre

Writers Centre on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WritersCentreAU?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Presenter websites from the show:

Allison Tait: http://allisontait.com

Valerie Khoo: http://valeriekhoo.com

Let me know what Podcast’s you subscribe to in the comments below.