Welcome to the first post in a six week online discussion series, On Being a Writer!

I’m so excited you’re here!

On Being a Writer - CoverFor the next six weeks, we’ll be chatting about two chapters per week from the book, On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts, by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig.

It’s not mandatory for you to read in advance; even if you don’t have the book, you’re welcome to participate!

If you’d like, you can purchase the book here; and while you’re waiting for it to arrive, you can sample 1/4 of the book for free on Noisetrade by clicking here!

If you missed the initial announcement about this discussion group, click over here for the schedule and suggested link-up topics.


Here’s an overview of where we’re headed in the next six weeks:

On Being a Writer Online Discussion Group

Basically, there are a few ways you can participate:

* You could write a blog post on your own blog about the themes we’re discussing, then link up here on Mondays and Wednesdays

* You could type your thoughts and responses in the comments section of each of the posts in this series, and interact with other commenters

* You could journal privately at home, without sharing any of your writing in public


If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments, or by filling out the contact form in the “about me & contact” tab above!


Here’s a short video introduction from the co-authors, sharing a bit of the background of how this book came to be, and an invitation to participate:



Sound exciting?

I was personally very challenged by this book and all the questions and themes it has raised for me as I consider my own writing life; I hope you will be equally challenged and encouraged!



So, let’s dig in to Chapter 1!




Take a moment to watch this brief video on Chapter 1 from the authors themselves:



In this chapter, Ann and Charity dive right to the crux:

They want us to identify ourselves as writers.

First question: Why is that so hard?

Why does it take so long and so much effort to be able to utter the words aloud, “I am a writer”?

I wrote about my own struggle in a post called, “On Claiming Identity as a Writer.”

In this post, I share about how a fourth-grader tapped me one day after school and said, “I heard you’re a writer.”

I stumbled over the words like they were an accusation. I stuttered and fumbled and finally settled on, “I do like to write.”

But the admission wouldn’t escape my lips.

I couldn’t bring myself to say, “Yes. I am a writer.”

Not even to a ten-year-old.

What’s your story? Have you been able to identify yourself as a writer?

If not, what’s holding you back?

What makes a writer a writer? What are the prerequisites to “earning” that title?
Why do so many people who write struggle to claim the identity of a writer?
In this chapter, Charity asks, “What is required to call oneself a writer? Is it enough to simply put down words? Does a publishing credit or two, or a book in print allow us to claim this title? What of those writers who composed a bestseller and then didn’t write again?”
[Tweet “”I lived a writing life long before I ever called myself a writer.” ~ @charityscraig, On Being a Writer”]

Share your thoughts in the comments below, and/or by linking up a blog post on this topic.

Come back Wednesday as we head into Chapter 2: Arrange. Start thinking and writing about how you organize your life — your time, your space, your priorities — so you can write.


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