I tell my friend, “I want to be a writer. I’ve always wanted to be a writer.”
“You are a writer,” she loyally replies.
She tries to convince me that it is truth, not just loyalty, that inspires her answer. And the fact is that she is a fan of my monthly column in a local magazine. Objectively, I have to concede she is right. But it doesn’t make me feel like a writer.
And judging by the number of people I come across online who describe themselves as aspiring writers or wannabe writers, I think I am not alone.
So what does it take to actually be a writer in our own eyes?