I asked myself this question early in my writing career. Am I an author? My words were my own and just beginning to take shape; I hadn’t shared them yet with the reading world. My stories were waiting to be released in both a digital and physical storefront. Years later and after publishing two fantasy novels and two romantic fiction books, I think the answer is obvious to anyone that writes anything. Whether words are shared through social media or book-reading platforms… Yes. You’re an author.
That’s a startling revelation to me now, that I am and always have been the author of my own words. But I didn’t feel like an author until I had physically published my first book. (The Scarlett Mark) Admittedly, I had yet to earn the respect of being a published author.
We live in an interesting period. Given the advent of social media, I often feel muzzled and judged by the new society that frequent social media platforms. So I’m careful about what I share, conscious of the words I write, not wanting to offend my readers. Paint those with bold opinions as trolls if it makes you feel better, I know they’re real people. Authors of their words, words that could potentially harm my writing career, maybe yours, too.
I think we live in an interesting period where respect is sometimes lacking. Perhaps it’s wiser to share opinions carefully, at least in the non-fiction social world. What more can an author say? I’ll keep to my fiction, so say I, the author of my words.