This week, my course requires me to answer the question, "Who are you as a writer?"
Who am I as a writer?
The irony of being a creative writing student is wrapped up in this one little question. To already be someone that you are being trained to be. To bring so much of myself into a craft I'm trying to sell. Essentially, to sell myself.
I have poured over this blog post all week, trying to find the words to this impossible question. Because it is so much different than saying, "who are you as a pilot?" or "who are you as a waitress?" This isn't a punch-the-clock job. It is all encompassing and there really isn't a "writer hat" that I can put on and take off. The same goes for blogging.
But at the same time, it is more than just genre and style.
So, who am I as a writer?
Well, I hope that everything you see under this URL answers that question. I hope that over these past three years I have conveyed exactly the same person you will see for the next three years, after publishing and becoming ridiculously famous. I hope you know me well enough to know that that was a joke.
I guess that what I'm trying to say is that who I am as a writer is just me. Just me, but writing books that hopefully you read and love.
In favor of answering questions articulately, I guess I could say, I will be equal parts professional and casual. I'll be a public and slightly outspoken advocate of the benefits of reading. I will be honest and engaging on social media vehicles like Instagram and Twitter so that you can see the person behind the veil. I will remain in the same readership of the books that I write, always reading, loving and being slightly fanatical about the young adult genre.