Not Just a Writer: Why writers must find self-worth in something other than achievements

You’re a writer. Of course you are. What else could you possibly be? When it comes down to it, isn’t that the part of your life that matters the most? 

But adopting the wrong identity is incredibly dangerous. And, despite how innocent it might seem, branding yourself first and foremost as a writer might be damaging your mindset without you even realising it. 

I have as much cause as anyone to call myself a writer. I write for work and for fun, producing 30k-40k words per week on average. What else would I call myself? 

Three years ago, I started a freelance writing/editing business and published my first book. For two years straight, I immersed myself in this wonderful identity I’d always longed for: writer. Author. 

And this year, I finally felt the consequences. Why?

Read the post here on Vocal

This post/article/essay/whatever-you-want-to-call-it is very close to my heart, my friends.

As a perfectionist with a lot of self-doubt, I’ve done quite a bit of thinking about identity and self-worth when it comes to being a writer. I have pages upon pages I could write on the topic, but for now, I’ve condensed my thoughts into one brief post that I hope will help you, your favourite writing buddy, and other writers all over the world.

I hope you’ll click the link above and take a look at this thoughtfully written post. Let me know what you think by posting a comment here or on Vocal!

Happy writing!
-E.J.

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