I am an author. I am a photographer. I may not be world famous for either, but that does not change who I am. I am honestly sick and tired of all the self deprecation that goes on in the world. I am not exempt from it, I am horribly hard on myself in all aspects and that is one thing I know I need to work on. But I DO know who I am.
So many authors out there trying to get published have Aspiring Author on their profiles. Not me. At one point I had Emerging Author. I have said before that my day job, besides being a Mom to two crazy wonderful children, is photography. I love it. I have a passion for all things art and photography is my medium of choice, that and the written word. I have never called myself an Aspiring Photographer since I have had a camera to my face since I was a young child. I have been nominated in a regional photography awards as “Best Emerging Photographer” and I am very proud of that.
Let me give you the definition of some key words here and why it bothers me so much.
verb (used without object), as·pired, as·pir·ing.
1. to long, aim, or seek ambitiously; be eagerly desirous, especially for something great or of high value
So Aspire means to aim to be something. Okay, that makes sense. You aim to be an author. But wait a second. What exactly is an author?
1. a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.
So, have you written anything? Is your novel complete? Or are you just hoping to one day write something? If you write, you are an author. You do not Aspire to be an author, you ARE an author. So, why do I love the word Emerging?
verb (used without object), e·merged, e·merg·ing.