What’s the job of a writer?
If I want to become a writer, I should at least be able to define what a writer is, right?
- Is a writer somebody who churns out articles for their editor in a never-ending scramble to keep the bills paid?
- Is writing a calling?
- Is a writer somebody who simply has enough writing skill and experience yet no other paying options?
- Is a writer a magician who creates something from nothing?
- Is a writer somebody who simply shares information they’re privy to; things we all want to hear?
So what kind of writer should I be? I think I’m a little bit of them all, except the last one. I don’t work for a politician. I’m not an expert in vaccine distribution. I’m not even a full lawyer. So why would anyone want to read things I write? Where’s my angle? What’s my catch? I’ve never been the popular kid. What am I thinking?
I don’t have anything exceptional to share; I’m wholly unremarkable. So maybe that’s my schtick; I’m not exceptional. And my writing can be a window into my mediocrity. An honest window in a world full of lies.