Writing. Authors, when they arrange mental pictures and dialogue just so into a story, perform a version of voodoo magic.
But when do you call yourself a writer without worrying about the High Rise of the Shocked Eyebrows response? Or, more importantly, why do I care about the height of another person’s eyebrows?
Merriam Webster defines writer as:
one that writes
Merriam Webster goes on to define author as:
1 a : one that originates or creates.
I’m even published in a book.
Okay, I was 11 years old and my story lives with several others in a Woodmen of America book. Still counts.
I’ve been testing it out; calling myself a writer around newish people, when appropriate in conversation using phrases such as, “I had my headphones in so I could write, and completely missed the thunderstorm.”
My observations, all eyebrows remained stable.
As of last night, the First Novel word count hovers near 5k.
I am not attempting to write; I am writing. I am a writer.
Take that, eyebrows.