I've noticed a troubling trend in the social media world. That's not to say I've only seen this happen on social media; I just think its prevalence on the internet is further proof of an unfortunate epidemic.
More and more writers are labeling themselves as "aspiring." While I understand the place of humility that this label comes from, it nonetheless upsets me.
When it comes to writing, above all else, you must believe in yourself--even if no one else does. Self-confidence is the cornerstone of a successful career. And again, if you don't believe in yourself, why should anyone else?
Confession time: I used to label myself as an "aspiring author." I had that title plastered everywhere from Facebook to Twitter to Pinterest. It even fell out of my mouth when I met somebody new. I was writing every day and finishing what I wrote. I read all the time. I took classes. Still, I didn't feel that I was good enough.
One day, I had an epiphany. If I write, I'm a writer. There's no "aspiring" to it. Like Yoda once said, "Do or do not. There is no try." You either write or you don't. Simple as that.
Let me tell you something right now: Even if you're not published, you are a writer. Even if you only write a sentence a day, you're still a writer. Just because you're not on the New York Times' Bestseller List doesn't mean your work is worthless.
The next time you're tempted to describe yourself as an "aspiring writer," ask yourself why. Why don't you feel good enough? What do you think you need to accomplish in order to drop the "aspiring"?
If you're reading this post, you have my permission to drop "aspiring" from your title. Go ahead. I won't tell.
You might be surprised by how much better it makes you feel.
What do you have to say to writers who think they're not good enough?
Writer @brianawrites has something to say to writers who think they're not good enough. (Click to tweet)