Thursday, February 17, 2011


It’s funny, many people do various jobs, have hobbies and don’t realize that hey…I’m a writer too. One of the main group of hidden writers are Bloggers. Yep, bloggers. Lately, there’s been talk on the web about book bloggers, book reviewing and the strength of a bloggers review. Believe it, those book bloggers that read tons of books, have a following, and write reviews consistently are indeed WRITER’s.



I mean I’ve gone to some blogs that probably get more reads per day than some online book review magazines. Not to mention, they read, manage contest, tweet, and promote their site – amazing!

Trip Review, Movie Review, and Others that leave reviews

Do you realize that lots of people that write a review for a hotel, car service, trip, location, movie or etc tend to leave reviews regularly? Those people may not consider themselves writers, but when you write something that someone else can’t wait to read – you know what… you are a writer. I’ve gone to places like mousebuzz, tripadvisor, cruisecritic and etc to plan some of my trips and not only are there regular posters on those forums but some of the reviews are pretty darn extensive.

The closet writer

Many writers write only for themselves originally. Some only ever write for themselves. Others want to take it to the next level and get their stuff published. But the closet writer just likes to share the news, whatever that news is.

Did you start off as a closet writer? I DID. I used to write extensive Trip Reports for my friends, with pictures and itinerary included. They’d request them from me on a regular basis when they were traveling. I was also an avid forum hopper (on travel forums, Disney forums and movie spots). I just loved to share my experiences. Then one day, I came out of my hiding place and started to write, finish a book, started a blog, and still haven’t given up all of my closet writing.

Are you a Hidden Writer?


Her highness, Samantha Vérant said...

No, I'm pretty much "out" of the writing closet.

Madigan McGillicuddy said...

Great post! I consider myself a blogger, not a writer.
I've tried (and come up short) Nanowrimo the last several years.

I think the thing that inspired me the most to give Nanowrimo a try was an essay by Chris Baty, as he explained what a mystique we have around writing, and how that creates too much pressure. He uses a basketball analogy. If you went to play a pick-up game on the weekend, just for fun, you wouldn't have all your friends and family asking when you're going to go pro, and what teams you've signed with. There's an understanding that basketball can be just a fun hobby, no pressure, and writing should be the same.

Beth said...

I'm a writer, but not hidden--at least I try hard not to be hidden. LOL.

I gave you the irresistibly sweet blog award today.

Maria Zannini said...

I'm a writer now, but I didn't know it was in me until much later.

People always asked me to write letters or presentations for them. I enjoyed it. Now I get to write what I like to read. :)

cleemckenzie said...


Sign me up for the Closet Writers' Club. That's what I've done forever, I guess. Notes on where I travelled, letters that I really wrote more for me than to send off, journals . . . now YA novels and my blog.

Glad we're in the same club, LM.

Lisa Gail Green said...

Such a good point! I think a lot of people have trouble admitting they are writers. You're afraid at first, especially of not be taken seriously. But I say shout it from the rooftops! Embrace what you are, because it's a very freeing sensation. :D