Writing is a word we use very strangely.
For example, if somebody asks me what I’m doing when I’m working on my novel, I’ll say, “I’m writing.” But if I’m writing notes on characters in To Kill A Mockingbird, I say, “I’m revising.” Even though, when I was writing notes, I was using a pen and paper, and when I was working on my novel I was in fact typing.
We define a writer as anyone who writes, but the act of writing doesn’t mean anybody who picks up a pen and forms a word. It’s anybody who writes stories or poems or books.
So what counts as writing? I mean, does it count as writing to scrawl down a journal entry every week or so? Would that make you a writer?
Most of the time we type our novels, yet we still say we’re “writers”, because it makes us sound like we’ve got a proper job.
So here is my question for you: what counts as writing, and what makes a person a writer?