What Makes a Writer?

The other night I had a dream. I mean, to be fair, I dream every night and usually remember them however, this dream really got me thinking; at what point in my life do I become a writer?

In my dream, I was having a debate with my friends after they had told me that I wasn’t allowed to call myself a writer. My dream friends believed that unless you had a piece of writing ‘professionally published’ then you could not call yourself a writer. They also believed that to claim this title, you had to write for your living. Now, this got me thinking; I technically declare myself a writer, is this okay?

Currently, I do not write for a living. This is definitely not an ideal situation for me as I’m desperate to pursue a career in writing and hopefully one day I will have achieved that and, fingers crossed, I will have published works available to purchase. I will of course, continue to work towards this goal.

I write almost every day, whether that’s a blog post or working on my novel so, I would class myself as a writer; even though it feels almost like a hobby to me as I get so much enjoyment out of it. When working on my book the goal is to get it published one day and make some money from it, so surely this is also work?

I guess I have essentially given myself the title of ‘Writer’ and luckily I’ve not had anyone question it, but I’m still unsure whether this is deemed as acceptable in the writing community.

What do you guys think?

YA Rantings.

I have been struck down by some lurgy virus! I’m guessing this is my punishment for returning to work and trying to get on with my life…heh heh. Basically, I would rather be talking about this over on my YouTube however, my face and voice are both not camera friendly right now.

Today I want to talk about YA. YA is an abbreviation for Young Adult which, surprise surprise, is the title used for books that are aimed at young adults!

I want to start off by saying that I have not a single issue with YA, if it wasn’t for certain YA books, *cough* Twilight *cough*, I would not be so passionate about reading today. I have spent years delving in and out of the YA world from horror to contemporary to dystopian and I still have what feels like a never-ending pile of these books on my shelf however, I am beginning to feel that they will never be read.

Recently, whilst working on my novel, I hit a bit of a wall. I kept going over the paragraph I had just written and  was far from satisfied with it. After what felt like the millionth re-read I hit save and decided to take a time out. When I find myself deep in a creative block, there are a few things that I do in an attempt to inspire me; I read, watch something, listen to music, or, as I did that day, I watch YouTube videos; more specifically, Booktube videos. Booktube is essentially just the area of YouTube where creators will share their thoughts on books, discuss their most anticipated reads, their TBR (to-be-read) pile etc. etc.

So as I was watching Booktube videos something twigged. The Booktube world is FULL of YA. Now, this is not particularly a bad thing as it encourages youngsters to read which I think is such a wonderful thing however, I noticed that the majority of books I have been reading or purchasing were recommended by Booktubers therefore there tends to be a slight theme in that they are all Young Adult novels. Here lies my issue.

The realisation hit that these books that I had been reading were having an effect on my writing and I was essentially writing a Young Adult book. This may be completely fine for some however, as a twenty two year old, I have decided that I would like my novel’s main audience to be adults and would love for it to read with a sense of sophistication.

This was the moment where I deleted my work and decided to start from scratch; crazy I know, but at the time this is what seemed like the best decision for me and it’s working out pretty well so far. With the idea in mind that I would like to change my writing style, I began to edit my to-be-read list and picked up some books that were slightly more complex in language and story line. I have already began to notice the change in my writing and genuinely enjoy these books a lot more as I felt that YA was beginning to fall a bit short in my honest opinion. I am not in any way saying that I will never read another YA novel, but for now I’m changing things up a little and it’s given me my reading mojo back!

If you are also sick of YA BookTube then just do a little Google and you will find lists recommending non-YA booktubers. Also, as you may know, I have been slightly changing the content on my YouTube so that I can use it as a platform to talk about things that interest me, including books! My first bookish video is on The Shining and I’ll leave it below.

Thanks for reading, if you know any great blogs or YouTubers that review books then let me know!

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