The Blog by EZ

on writing, reading, and life.

The jump we make as writers from writer to author is defined by our own definition of literary work, and whether or not we believe completion of said work is required before the title of author is earned.

While I love a good debate, I'm not here to debate what should or should not be the justifications for using the word author in your bio. I am simply here to share how I made the leap, and why.

As you can see in the image I've published with this post, I've been writing since I was old enough to form words with a crayon, and if you look closely, you'll see romance was always my first love (no pun intended).

The earliest age I listed on an "About the Author" page is four. The first time I wrote a (C) on an inside cover, I was seven. The first time I had an article published (in a school paper) was when I was 14 and yearly until I was 21. The first time I was published and paid for my writing was when I was 31.

I'm 36 now...

Today, as part of the #WritingCommunityChallenge on Instagram, writers were challenged to share their 5 or 10 year plan for their #amwriting journey.

I wouldn't dare try to sketch out where I'd like to be in ten years, so here, I'll share where I hope to be on my writing journey in five years--in no particular order. ...

Like many authors, writing is something I am only afforded the opportunity to do in my personal time. I say personal instead of free, because I don't actually have free time. I am a mom of three kids (ages 5, 7, and 9), I have a husband, a full-time job, I am a freelance writer for publications and curriculum distributors, and I also try to maintain a few in-person friendships (you know, not strictly, #writingcommunity friends from Insta and Twitter--although, I LOVE those friendships and connections too). ...