Being a writer takes a lot of confidence. Telling people you are a writer takes even more.
But the question is WHY? Why is it so hard to say, "I am a writer."
There is nothing glamorous about the day-to-day task of writing. It can be difficult, often is demanding and frequently intimidating. What job isn't? I think we stumble because we are self-employed and virtually going at it alone.
I finally prepared an answer for times when people ask me my occupation.
"I am a writer," I say to the dental hygienist.
"What do you write?" he asks (they always ask that next).
"I write magazine articles about parenting and my life as a military spouse. I currently write for KC Parent, Military Spouse Magazine and any other publication that will buy an article from me," I say, laughing a little about that last part (though it's true).
I feel better knowing what to say when someone asks me these questions. What about you? Do you stumble over the fact that you are a writer? How do you answer when someone asks your occupation?