Hello, and welcome to my channel! I’m Gabriela Martins and we’re gonna talk about some Things You Are Not *unintelligible noises* I wanted to start this series because as authors we are constantly told that we are a lot of things These things, uh put so much pressure on us And I’m not having it
you shouldn’t, either YOU ARE NOT AN ASPIRING AUTHOR. Now I do realize that a lot of people call themselves an aspiring author and I cannot for the life of me *stuttering* fathom why. Here’s the thing: whenever you use that term or allow somebody else to use that term to describe you it’s reinforcing an US vs THEM mentality I’m not agented yet I don’t have novels published yet But I am an author I am a writer Period. If you write, you’re an author that’s it. You can be an author of poems, of novels, of short fiction Whatever it is that you write You don’t need the industry validation so you can start calling yourself a writer If you need validation, then this will be all the validation you need, ok? I’m telling you this I’m giving you permission
to call yourself an author We don’t start being an author
we don’t start being a writer the moment you get published the moment our book deals get announced on Publisher’s Mark– ouch Ow Simmons, why do you hurt me? It takes a lot of years and honestly, just a lot of so much to become a writer
to become an author Just to have the courage to start writing to– I’m endeared. I can’t even pretend to be angry I’m endeared Can you come here now, love? Just I love her so much Ok! Back to it! to start that first book to start that first poem Everything you have lived up to that point that fueled that passion, your art I find it very disrespectful to our own histories, when we do that when we call ourselves an aspiring author an aspiring writer It’s disrespectful to everything you have done up to that point. Even if you haven’t finished a single novel yet Even if you haven’t managed to finish a single short story yet I promise you that story, whenever it comes it has been in the works for years. Oftentimes, as writers we don’t see the results of our work for a very long time It takes us years to become who we are and guess what?
The work isn’t done We as authors, just like we as people are a constant work in progress We don’t have to wait for a specific milestone to get to that point where we start valuing ourselves And I think you should drop that ‘aspiring’ word from your Twitter bio and from the way you introduce yourself You are not an aspiring author. You are already an author.