It's the first Wednesday in October so it's time for the IWSG post!
This month's question is a good one:
When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?
To me a working writer is a writer who publishes. Doesn't have to be novels. It could be articles, short stories, poetry, blog posts - anything. It could be in print or online. It doesn't even matter if the writer is being paid for the work.
But that's just how I see it. I'm not sure how the industry defines a working writer, if they do so at all.
I certainly see myself as a working writer because not only do I publish novels and short stories, but I write in my day job too. I also write for a group blog which, while unpaid, is very rewarding.
To be realistic, anyone who carves out time to write on a regular basis can probably call themselves a working writer. If you're putting in the time, regardless of what happens with those words, you're a writer. You're working.
I feel like you're only a hobbyist if you write purely for yourself, if you have no intention or desire to get your words in front of readers. There's nothing wrong with that. If you're happy, and the writing itself is something you enjoy, then go for it.
And I've always hated the term 'aspiring' when it comes to writing. Even if you're not published yet, if you sit down regularly and bang out words, then you're a writer. You're not aspiring to be a writer. Maybe if you sit around and think about writing without ever picking up a pen...
But that's just me. How would you define a working writer?