writer? author? going MENtal! (new FREE ebook)

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What makes an author, an author? What makes a writer, a writer?

I mentioned the free ebook on how to help those with depression that I had written a few years ago to a friend the other day. She exclaimed, “Oh! You are an author!”

I felt small in my chair and cringed. Gingerly, I answered, “Errr… I guess so… actually not really… it’s just a few pages put together in a PDF…”

And then my voice trailed off.

I had not thought of myself as an author with a simple ebook. I don’t know if I will even call myself a writer. Insecurities and all that aside, I don’t know what makes an author or writer one. What is the benchmark? I see many people calling themselves “Best Selling Author”, where the “best-selling book” is but a compilation of blog posts. Does that make a book? I suppose so. And, not really, not in my dictionary anyways.

I think of books as those like, Green Eggs and Ham, 1984, Affluenza, China On the Mind, Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, and even Confessions of a Shopaholic and Sweet Valley Twins.

And so, does this compilation of interviews that I did for May’s Mental Health Awareness Month count as a book? Keep Reading…

about Noch Noch

Enoch Li, (pen name: Noch Noch) is born and raised in Hong Kong and Australia. She has also studied / worked / lived in the US, France, UK, Japan, The Netherlands, China, and has travelled to more than 40 countries. She loves travelling and her curiosity in foreign cultures and languages has led her to enjoy her life as an international executive in the banking & finance industry. However, she was forced to take time off work in 2010 due to her illnesses and after spending time in recovery, cooking, practising Chinese calligraphy, reading and writing – in short, learning to take care of herself and letting out the residual work stress, she has transitioned into a Play Consultant for corporates interested in creative change management and employee well-being using the psychology of playfulness.