The question seems ridiculous, doesn't it? If you write, you're a writer ... right? Isn't that how it works?
But the fact is, whether they admit it or not, every writer has grappled with a variation of this question, subtle or otherwise. After all, we don't simply want to write, we want to be read. We want to be experienced. We want to be RECOGNIZED ...
... as a writer.
And there's the crux. What separates "a writer" from someone else? When can Joe say it when Bob can't?
The basic answer is that if you write you're a writer. If the statement isn't presented in the context of "what do you do for a living" then that's probably fine. You're a writer if you write. Ta-da!.
But you know what? That's too simplistic for me. Being a writer is, in my opinion, something that defines you. It is so integral to how people perceive you that it's one of the first things that spring to mind when someone mentions you, regardless of whether or not you're blessed enough to make your living doing it. By that measure, I don't know that I qualify as a writer ...and that's okay, because I'm not always sure that I do, either.
That's fine. It gives me something to aspire to.
What do you think? What is it that makes someone a writer? When can someone safely say, "I am a writer" and not have eye rolls push them out of the room?
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