When did you feel like a “real” writer? Part One.

A few blog posts ago, I decided that I wanted to ask authors when they felt like a “real” writer. It appears that doubt is a continuing trait for writers and I wanted to hear from the sources.

Since then, I’ve been bothering my favourite writers on the internet asking this question.

When did you feel like a “real” writer?

Today I’m sharing responses from Gail Carriger and Val McDermid.

  • Gail Carriger – steampunk doyenne and author of the Parasol Protectorate series.

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  • Val McDermid – Crime fiction legend and creator of Wire in the Blood

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Scary but interesting to hear how successful writers still feel like “imposters”.

I have responses from another six brilliant writers, so stay tuned for their responses.



How I “finished” – tip #2: Finding my tribe


How I “finished” – tip#3 Marinate for 4 weeks


  1. Haha! This is awesome! But I have a question for your question, Madeleine: ‘What do you consider to be a ‘real’ /writer/?’ (instead of a ‘real’ author.)

    • Author v writer? Interesting question! I think an author needs a book but a writer does not necessarily.

      • And in regards to your answer, I question: ‘Why did you only ask authors?’ and ‘Can someone be a ‘real’ writer without being published?’
        ^.^ I’m not trying to attack you. I’m simply curious because it’s one of those topics that we are constantly running around in the writing world, you know?

        • All good. I’ve also asked that question to fellow new writers as part of my Siblinghood of the World Blogger questions. I wanted to see whether being published made authors feel like a “real” writer or whether publishing is irrelevant.

          • Ah! Now, that I can definitely get behind. ^.^ That is the angle of the question I am interested in knowing about. I look forward to other author responses.

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