It’s been a while since I published something of my own on this blog. I sent a tweet today because I had an experience which lent itself well to a small thought attached to a picture. Here’s the picture: And here’s the thought: when I run out of ink, I feel like I’m doing well as a writer. It’s a silly thought, but it really is the best way of measuring progress I know. I don’t make money writing, not yet at least. I don’t work as a writer. I don’t publish much. Looking at all these clues, it seems silly that I introduce myself to others as a writer. But when I run out of ink in my pen it justifies everything. Surely someone who writes enough to lose ink, especially without compensation, can only be described as a writer. I know writers (and other artists) have generally high levels of self-doubt and low levels of meaningful support. I’m not unique in this regard (except I have incredibly high levels of support from friends and family for which I am extremely grateful). This simple image means I’m doing it though, and in the end that is exactly what it means to be a writer. I am someone who writes. And that’s enough.
Other writers and observers out there: how do you measure your success? what do you think qualifies someone as a writer?