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.
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