This post is late, and I blame the insecurities that overwhelmed me this week. They weren't necessarily writing related, were more about identity in general, but I guess IWSG is the right place to talk about it.
I think whenever you're involved in a creative profession it's difficult to own your identity. I've read other posts along these lines, so I know that I'm not alone. It's always--ALWAYS--been hard for me to say, "I'm a writer."
Aspiring writer? Sure.
Wannabe-published author? Absolutely.
But writer? I don't know what it is, but saying it straight up like that makes me uncomfortable. The same thing happens when I talk about dance. I've been dancing for most of my life, but I've never been comfortable saying, "I'm a dancer."
Dance teacher? Yes.
Dance enthusiast? Of course.
Again, the sentence, "yes, I'm a dancer," is so hard for me. It's like, if you give it a definitive title, there's more pressure, more judgment…more expectations. Sometimes I wish I could just believe in myself and the things I create. Be normal. I don't have anything published yet--except one poem--though I've completed a few manuscripts. I've never performed on Broadway, though I hope one of my students will one day.
Anyway, it's just been one of those weeks :). I hope everyone is doing well. I hope you know who you are--and that you aren't afraid to say it.