This morning I posted a question on twitter as I was getting ready to take a break for lunch. I got so many responses that lunch had to wait a while.
Here are some of the answers I got from my fellow writers on twitter:
PaintswithWords: A writer is an artist, an entrepreneur, a researcher, a student of life, a philosopher.
cswriter59: Right now I'm an artist perfecting my craft.
AuthorofPatches: A dash of both is necessary nowadays, tho not especially compatible. Biz hustle can easily drain from creativity I think.
VariantVal: When I write it is strictly art... I've yet to write for money... well other than web copy at work, that doesn't count. lol
nestnestnest: Less about philosophy and more about how do I make money from this thing I like to do....?
marisabirns: Perhaps at one time a writer was solely an artist. Now a writer needs some entrepreneurial skills, too.
Sally_G: Great question! A bit of both, with Teacher, Philosopher, Dreamer and Historian thrown in for good measure. Oh, and poet too!
DetailsDivas: Definitely both! Creativity is the foundation, but being able to manage it all is the entrepreneurial side of the business.
ShadyMutton: Gonna have to say artist- cause I write to express and create. If it grows into something beyond that - icing on the cake.
TonyNoland: Both. Art is great, but it starves & dies w/out entrepreneurial hustling. And then you have to punch a clock. *shudder*
julichilliard: It also helps to have a very supportive spouse.
octoberrose: I'm willing to work to support my writing. If it sells, great! But I aim to serve my writing, rather than make it serve me.
JodiWhisenhunt: Artist, entrepreneur, or both? Artist who's passion forces her to be a reluctant entrepreneur ;)
NorthPrince: Writer and entrepreneur. Without the second, nobody will ever hear of the first!
myafd: I think the days of a writer just being able to write are gone. Whether traditional or self published, must learn marketing.
AngelMenchan: I am both ~ an artistic entrepreneur.
If you want to write for a living, it seems that artist & entrepreneur must learn to co-exist. The challenge is in how to balance the two. Knowing when it's helpful to be solely one or the other, and when you need to wear both hats at once. It can be very confusing, as well as overwhelming.
One thing I've discovered is that being a "reluctant entrepreneur," as @JodiWhisenhunt described, doesn't serve my art. Only when you fling yourself fully into both, does the fullness of your gift come alive so that it can be shared with others. So I want to find a way to open up my entrepreneurial passion, that my art may flourish.
The happy medium I've found is adding a dash of entrepreneurial spirit to my art, and a large dose of creativity to my business.
Many use the term authorpreneur, to describe what it means to be a writer, today.
Are you an authorpreneur?