When Do I Start Calling Myself a “Writer?”

I really thought this was a thought provoking post. It instantly got my brain churning with all the ways people can define and redefine what it is to be a writer and what a person has to achieve to be called a writer.

B.B. Morgan

That’s a trick question, right?

I had a writing professor as an undergrad that defined a “writer” as someone who got paid to write. I disagree. It’s like saying you’re not anything unless you get paid to do it. We are all a lot of things that we choose to be – I write because I enjoy it, not because I might get a dime or two out of it.

I think she meant it as a job title. No, I’m not a “writer” on my taxes. I’m a writer because I write in my spare time. I enjoy writing. My mom doesn’t get paid to garden, yet every summer she’s outside.

If you write, you are a writer by laws of English grammar. You don’t have to be published to consider yourself a writer. Maybe you keep your poems or stories in a shoe box or on a specially…

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