…paralegal, advocate, and too many others to name. Each title gave me a sense of pride and identity. Yet, I never claimed the title of writer. Writing was a hobby. Even as a journalism major in college or when I specialized in writing legal summaries, I still nev…
I love this quote: “Writing was a hobby”
The amazing benefits of giving yourself permission to identify as a writer
I relate so much to your story Dena Standley !!!
I have experienced so much success now that I comfortably identify as “blogger” (and sometimes as “writer”).
Unlike all the professions I’m a part of that required licensure and/or certification, all I needed to become a writer was permission from myself.
After all, I was editing my study hall teacher’s master’s thesis for fun my freshman year in high school at age 11! I’ve loved writing and editing for a very long time!
It’s funny how our egos (specifically in my case, a fear of being judged by others) can keep us to playing to our strengths in life!
I even chaired a “Writing Workgroup” for volunteer work but only thought of myself as “volunteer” and then as “volunteer chair” — when in reality I was writer extraordinaire!!
Thanks for boosting my confidence yet again with your inspiring story!!!