To you, this fact may be obvious. Online, writing is what I talk about most of the time (at least I try to- I'm easily distracted). Out in the "real world" though, this is completely different. I only talk about my writing with close friends and family.
So, last Thursday, when I had to give a speech in my Public Speaking class and I chose to talk about writing, I was a little nervous.
Okay, way nervous.
It's not so much that I can't talk in front of people. That I can do. I was just worried how my "audience" would react to my speech topic.
For the speech, we had to choose a quote we liked and then relate a personal anecdote to that quote. The quote I chose comes from Charlotte Bronte- "I'm just going to write because I cannot help it."
For the anecdote, I tried to pinpoint the moment I decided to become a writer (it wasn't easy). When I was in fourth grade, I remember writing essays about something or other and then reading them to the class as a form of peer revision.
After I read my essay to the class, my teacher took it from me before any of my classmates could comment and gave it the highest grade possible.
Considering I was nine at the time, this was a really big deal for me. It was a really big confidence booster.
I thought "Hey, I'm kinda good at writing. Maybe I should do it more."
I couldn't really tell if my Public Speaking class was interested in that anecdote. It felt personal to share with a room of relative strangers and my nerves started to get the better of me when I didn't get any reaction.
Then, knees shaking, I quietly mentioned "I've written two books and I'm working on a third."
So, who was the last person (or large group of people) that you told you are a writer? Do it if you haven't lately. I was in a writing slump for days and after my speech I was encouraged to get back to it.
I'm a writer!