Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Adj. 1. aspiring - desiring or striving for recognition or advancement.

I once told someone I was an aspiring writer. That person told me I was either writing or not. If I was, then I was a writer. Nothing aspiring about it.

Adj. 1. emerging - coming into view, existence, or notice: developing.

Another time I  told someone I was emerging. That person told me they didn't like that term. I was either a writer or I wasn't.

After those conversations I stopped using those descriptors and referred to myself simply as a writer. I understood what they were saying, but by the dictionary definitions as given above I am both aspiring and emerging. I am developing as a writer, and coming to notice.  I'm certainly striving for recognition and advancement.

I see myself on a low rung on a very high ladder. Do I need an adjective? Early? Beginning? Emerging? Aspiring? 

It doesn't matter. First and foremost, I am a writer.


Anonymous said...

Perspiring writer.

Gitte Christensen said...

Only the ladies would be perspiring writers. The gentlemen would be sweating writers :)