Thursday, March 28, 2013

{ the.book.chat. - are you an aspiring author? }



It's book.chat. day again and I have to admit that this week's topic had me stumped at first.  

Are you an aspiring author?

Well, I write a blog?  Does that make me an aspiring author?  Or is an author...

              

But if  you look up aspiring in the dictionary is says this...


The definitions from Google for aspiring state longing, aiming and directing ones hopes and while some synonyms from are "yearn" and "strive." Author's basic definition is writer with synonyms like "writer" and "compose". 

I see a pattern for aspiring- there’s a lot of dreaming, but none of those words involve taking action.

Only you can move yourself from "person who writes" to "aspiring author".  Actually, I'm not sure if aspiring author is the right way to say it.  Your aren't an author if you don't write, but if you are writing, you are doing it.

You are an author.  You've met your initial goal, right?  You can't aspire to something you've already achieved.

Whether you are writing a book or writing a blog-you are doing it.  You are an author even if your books hasn't been published.  You are an author even if your blog doesn't have thousands of hits a day.

An author is someone who has written.

But here's where the aspiring part comes in.  Aspire to be published.  Aspire to make the best seller list. Aspire to make connections.

It's almost ridiculously easy to self-publish these days.  There are hundreds of books on Amazon about publishing and how to go about it.  And don't forget everyone's best friend Google.  You can find out how avoid the pitfalls of an aspiring author and find workshops that help you prep your submissions.

I consider myself the author of my blog.  I am the one writing it after all. It's my thoughts and stories.  It's not a story in the usual sense, but it's mine.

Do I aspire to author a book?  Someday.  I think all voracious readers at one point or another want to.  The old saying is the best authors are the best readers, right?  I have a long way to go until I ever get to the point of pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) but I aspire to.

Until that time I'll read all the wonderful and best-selling authors, the indie authors of Amazon and even the do-it-for-fun authors on fan fiction.

Because above all I am a reader.

Are you an aspiring author?  I love reading new works and would love to read yours.


5 comments:

  1. A long time ago, I really wanted to be a writer. Maybe even a journalist. I realize now that I'm far too stubborn and stuck in my ways to be a truly effective writer but hey my blog readers, live with it! Haha I am most definitely a reader.

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  2. Sometimes I never know how to exactly define the difference between "writer" and "author". I'm about to graduate with a writing degree, and have had writing jobs, so I consider myself a writer. But what's the definition of author? Is author only limited to writing fiction? Because I write fiction for fun, but I also write proposals, reports, fact sheets, and you know, a blog. I feel like there's such a hazy line between the two words but for most people they convey different meanings.

    I was once told that if you're writing a story, you're not an aspiring author, you're a pre-published author. I kinda like that idea, because I think you don't have to be published to be an author.

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  3. I love this post! That's such a great point. If you write, then you are a writer. It took me a long time to finally come to terms with that title for myself. Even if I have not published anything or made a cent in my name, I am a writer. Thank you for reminding me of that. :)

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  4. I love how you said this. When I think about you are so right! We are already writers....
    The question is now do aspire to be published authors?
    I guess I can find comfort in the fact that I am now a writer and an aspiring published author =)

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