Can I Call Myself A Writer?

I don’t make as much money as I’d probably make with a full-time job alongside some writing gigs,

I make errors in my writing, despite many rounds of editing.

I receive negative feedback on many of my pieces which I believed were my best works.

At least once a day, I am tempted to give up being a freelancer and go back to doing a full-time job which would get me a stable income.

I’m riddled with self-doubts and anxiety every time I put out a fresh piece of writing on any platform.

So many questions like,

“Am I doing things this right?”

How are others in my field doing so much?”

Why am I not able to write as well as others?”

run through my mind most of the day.

Stories and writing that require facts, stats, and numbers, aren’t my thing. SoI stick to poetry, fiction, and experiential writing.

Despite having a handful of books published, and winning awards as well as ample appreciation for my writing, I wonder if I’m giving in my best.

And ultimately, all these things make me wonder,

“Can I Call Myself A Writer?”

Photo by Cathryn Lavery on Unsplash

I started writing since I was a teenager. Over the years, I have become confident about it, but the self-doubt still lingers. Every time someone says ‘I loved your piece’ it motivates me to continue writingSo, if you are someone, who has read my work and liked it, do drop in a comment or a note. We writers are anxious beings and a kind word from a reader is all the tonic we need to make our day.

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