I am a writer: a declaration.

I am a writer: a declaration. via Tiffany Han I am a writer. And a writer writes.

A writer doesn’t always write good pieces or important pieces but a writer writes nonetheless.

A writer writes everyday.

Saying you’re a writer doesn’t make you a writer. Writing makes you a writer. Just as dancing makes you a dances and painting makes you a painter and dabbling makes you a dabbler.

I am a writer. And a writer writes.

Even when I don’t feel like it, I write. Even when I don’t think that what I have to say will be good enough or important enough, I write.

Just as a I am a mother whether I feel like it or not. I cannot turn off being a mother, taking a break from it all whenever I want. I am a mother. Always.

I am a writer. And a writer writes.

Just as I don’t have to justify the time I spend mothering, I don’t have to justify the time I spend writing. It doesn’t have to be published for it to count. It doesn’t have to be read or applauded or retweeted for it to count.

All the words count. Even the ones that aren’t good or important or perfect.

I am a writer. And a writer writes.

And I get to declare this and own this declaration even though I haven’t had a piece on the Huffington Post, even though you can’t go into a Barnes & Noble and see my name on a book cover (yet). Even though, most of the time, the shitty first drafts I write never see the light of day.

That is okay, because I am a writer. And a writer writes.

I get to declare this in spite of all the reasons I think I shouldn’t:

But you’re a coach, so you’re supposed to call yourself a coach.

But being a writer is hard, do you want things to be hard?

You didn’t study writing in college. Who are you to call yourself a writer?

I am a writer. And a writer writes.

And I’m sharing this with you for two reasons: 1. To make my public declaration so I can move on from the what am I? question and 2. to show you that you get to be whatever you want. All you have to do is name it and claim it for yourself.

You can be a writer or a painter or a dabbler or a mother or a friend or a pirate or a cook or a stylist or a jeweler or a shop girl or a printer. You can be whatever you want. And you can also be as many of these things as you’d like.

No one is keeping track. No one is paying as much attention as you think they are.

But. Whatever the thing that’s tugging at your gut right now to get out, name it. Claim it. Say it outloud in the world, whether it’s to yourself in the shower or to the internet on twitter. (Tweet your declaration)

I am a writer. And a writer writes.

What are you?

**photo by me; graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching

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