A Writer by Any Other Name…

April 10, 2018 by in category Charmed Writer, Writing tagged as , , with 5 and 1
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Charmed Writer | Tari Lynn Jewett | A Slice of OrangeWhat makes you a writer? Is it the act of picking up a notebook or sitting at the computer and filling a blank page? The desire to put the fantasies in your head on paper? Does it happen when other people read your work? Or when you see your work in print? How about when you’re paid for your writing? Is it a writing degree? What makes you a writer? And are you a writer even if you feel like everything you write…well, it sucks?

I’m pretty sure I’ll never feel like I’m A Writer. I mean who the heck am I to call myself writer? I’m certainly no Anne Rice, or Danielle Steele, but I know that nothing can keep me from writing. I eventually turned nearly every ‘real’ job I had into a writing job.

I was hired as a secretary for the marketing director of a luxury automobile accessory catalog company. Catalog copy crossed my desk every day,  eventually I started writing my own copy and putting it on her desk, and before long, I was writing most of the new product copy that was written in house.

Later I worked for a high end furniture store in customer service and began an employee newsletter. Then I worked in human resources for a medical staffing company and wrote an employee handbook, a newsletter and a television infomercial. I worked as a receptionist at an advertising agency where I slowly started writing television commercials instead of answering phones.

And eventually I freelanced for magazines and wrote regular columns in four different publications.

My first fiction released in February! Such an amazing feeling, but I still can’t say that I feel like a Real Writer.

So what does it take? What makes you a Writer? Does it even matter? At this point I’m pretty sure that no matter what else I do in my life, I’ll always write. Maybe when I see my book on the shelves at Barnes and Noble I’ll know I’m a writer, or if I’m lucky enough to make a best sellers list. In the meantime, I’ll just keep writing.

Tari

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My freelance writing career happened by accident, or really by accidents, and I wrote for magazines and newspapers for 15 years. I quit to homeschool my two youngest sons, and now that all three are grown, I’m writing fiction. I live in the Los Angeles South Bay area with my husband, often known as Hunky Hubby. When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my family, reading, cooking or sewing and I can play a mean game of pool, if I do say so myself!
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My freelance writing career happened by accident, or really by accidents, and I wrote for magazines and newspapers for 15 years. I quit to homeschool my two youngest sons, and now that all three are grown, I’m writing fiction. I live in the Los Angeles South Bay area with my husband, often known as Hunky Hubby. When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my family, reading, cooking or sewing and I can play a mean game of pool, if I do say so myself!

5 Comments

  • Veronica Jorge
    on April 10, 2018 Reply

    Hi Tari, Congratulations on your first release. May there be many more. I think you expressed well what makes one a writer; one who writes. I think your gave the best answer in the various work examples you provided; someone who loves to work with words and then share the result with others.

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      Tari Jewett
      on April 11, 2018 Reply

      Thank you Veronica! It’s been very exciting, and I’m working hard to finish the next one!

  • Marianne
    on April 10, 2018 Reply

    Good grief, Tari! Not only are you a writer, you’re a published AUTHOR!

    • Author
      Tari Jewett
      on April 10, 2018 Reply

      LOL, Marianne, there’s always that self-doubt, that feeling of when will they find out I’m not a ‘real’ writer? Luckily, that just pushes me to keep writing and prove myself.

  • Alina K. Field
    on April 11, 2018 Reply

    Lucky you! You learned how to write advertising copy before you wrote novels!

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