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Guest Post by Monique Mulligan

“It’s what I want to be. And from the moment I put myself out there, the moment I pressed ‘send’ on an email to a friend asking, ‘Would you read this?’, I opened myself to being judged.”

Many of you know me from my reviews. Some of you know I’ve been reviewing less and writing more. Here’s an insight to my journey … and for more, visit moniquemulligan.com

Nadia L King

What makes someone a writer?

Is it the fact that you’ve had something published? Does writing a novel make you a writer? Or, is it just the act of writing that makes someone a writer? Is being a writer different to being an author? (Going by the definition above, no, but the definition and peoples’ perception differ greatly.)

When I first started exploring fiction writing, this question preyed on my mind. All. The. Time. If you’re a writer, you’ve probably experienced something like this:

Q: Are you a writer?

A: Yes.

Q: Would have I have read anything you’ve written?

THAT question. The one that sends self-doubt ricocheting through any writer’s fragile soul. The answer, which could be anything from “Probably not” to “I’m writing a novel”, or “I’m working on a short story”, rarely satisfies the asker.

I’ve always been a writer. I wrote children’s curricula for several years…

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