Start journaling your heart out today. Have your very own Journaling Kit™ shipped to your doorstep...FREE!

E-books Workshops
Free Course
Support Us
Founded April 2000. A Writer's Digest Magazine 101 best Web sites for writers (2001 & 2003)
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
Secrets of a Successful Freelancer
The Funny Times

Buy a novel by Lucille Bellucci at and receive these .pdf bonuses:

  • 17 Ways to Make Amazon Your River of Gold
  • Make Money with Radio
  • Success Bound
  • Book Promotion: NOT for Sissies
  • Harvey Mackay Rolodex
  • Top 20 Talk Radio Topics
  • Harrison Bonus
  • Million Dollar Rolodex

    E-mail Lucille at lucil95783 AT aol DOT com to claim your bonuses.
  • Write Any Book in 28 Days... Or Less!
    Write Any Book in 28 Days... Or Less! New course reveals fresh secrets. Click here to learn more.

    The Secret Behind Creativity REVEALED! It's all in the brainwaves. Find out here!

    EasyEbookPro Books

    Click here to advertise with us for 2 whole months for only $35!

    Home Columns

    To be a Writer is to be Published?

    "But I've never been published." These are words we've heard over and over from young writers. Many have the misconception that one has to be published in order to call him or herself a writer. That simply isn't true. If you write, you're a writer.

    Webster's Dictionary defines a writer as "one that writes." It does NOT say "one that writes work that is published." You can even call yourself an author, as Webster's says an author is "one that originates or creates." You certainly do that every time you write something.

    There are many writers who never seek publication of their work. They write for the pure pleasure of weaving tales with their words. Perhaps they only write poetry or only in a journal - does that make them a writer or not? Of course it does! Not all writers want to be professionals. Many wish to write just for the sake of writing, and they may never show their work to anyone else. Yet, they are still writers. And so are you, whether you write for another 10 years without ever being published, or whether you are published every week.

    Of course, if you weren't using your writing talent to actually write, it wouldn't be the best thing to tell people you are a writer. Those who know you write expect you to, well, write. And if you don't write, you aren't being a writer. So the real question, rather than "do I have to be published to be a writer?", should be "what can I do to be a writer?".

    Since a writer writes, then the first step to being able to call yourself a writer is to write, as we've said. But sometimes it is hard to do that, to just write. Many find it easier said than done. The beauty of writing just to write, though, is that it doesn't have to be perfect. If you can learn to put words on paper without worry of how they sound, your writing will come easier and, in time, will get better.

    When writing for the pleasure of writing, whether hoping for publication or not, you can skip the outlining process. Take the first idea that comes to mind and just go with it. Write and see which direction your mind takes you without planning ahead. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

    The practice of writing does not have to be tedious and boring. Writing should always be fun and keep you coming back to it over and over. Writers who know how to enjoy the process know how much freedom lies within the craft. And a real writer, not necessarily one who is published, writes regardless of what others think. You should, too.

    So the next time someone says you aren't a writer because you aren't published, look them in the eye and declare what you are - That you ARE a writer, end of story. Hold your head high and keep on writing.

    Copyright © 2002 Angela Giles Klocke and Scott D. Warren

    Scott is Angela's teenage son. He has won several various writing awards. He maintains a straight-A average and when not doing schoolwork, he can be found with either a book or his AlphaSmart. Scott constantly dreams up new stories and shares them with his family as well as seeks publication. He has been published in Rainy Day Corner as well as a newspaper in Florida, The Williston Pioneer.

    Angela has been writing since she was a child herself. Her passion for helping other young writers is what has led her to co-authoring this column with her own young writer, Scott. One of Angela's earliest works, a poem, was finally published when she was 18, though it was written at age 11.

    The Authentic Self: Journaling Your Joys, Griefs and Everything in Between by Shery Russ

    WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! Kick start your imagination, ignite your creativity, and begin your journey towards becoming an outstanding writer.

    Grab a copy of WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! from and receive 2 free e-books to encourage and nurture the writer in you. You'll also receive Write Memories, a journaling workbook available for free only to WEEKLY WRITES book owners. And finally, as a WEEKLY WRITES book owner, you'll have free access to e-mail courses such as JOYFUL WRITES: Celebrate Your Life through Writing

    For excerpts, reviews and what you need to do to receive the 2 free e-books, Write Memories and sign up for free e-mail courses, just head on to the Weekly Writes Book Official Site. (Clicking on the link will open a new window.)


    The Journaling Life: 21 Types of Journals You Can Create to Express Yourself and Record Pieces of Your Life

    The Authentic Self: Journaling Your Joys, Griefs and Everything in Between

    Journaling Kit - Four Journaling Books to help you put your life and memories on paper


    The Web
    This Site

    Celebrate Your Life through Writing

    Creative Nurturing of the Writer Within

    6 Approaches to Journaling

    21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Muse

    Imagery in Writing


    Children's Writing
    Freelance Writing
    Science Fiction & Fantasy
    Technical Writing


    The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publishers Won't by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

    WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

    Home | Articles | Columns | Workshops | E-books | Free Course | Quotes | E-zines | Top Fives | Support Us
    © Copyright 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ & The e-Writer's Place.
    Materials appearing in this Web site are owned and copyrighted by their respective authors and/or writers. Please read our Privacy Policy and TOS. No part of this website may be reproduced without consent from its owner. Original site design by Shery Russ. Hosting & maintenance by
    WriteSparks! Lite free software for writers
    Our sister sites: | | | | | | | | Writers Web Designs | | Aspiring Authors | Books | | | | | |