I was asked once; “Have you ever written anything?” When I responded that I wrote a daily real estate blog post the questioner continued:
“Have you ever REALLY written anything?”
Call me simple-minded, but I always assumed that a writer was someone that writes. I never realized that there were professional qualifications or designations required before one could proudly declare that they meet the standard for “writer!”
And the same goes for being a journalist. What is the benchmark for qualifying as a journalist? Who is in charge and where do I apply.
Do I need a license? Is there a professional board? Do I get letters behind my name?
Do I consider myself to be a writer?
You bet I do!
Do I consider myself to be a good writer?
That’s up to the reader to decide!