I have to force myself to say that. I am a writer.
Writing is not like other things. Everyone, when it comes down to it, is a writer. Do you write emails? You’re a writer. A five year old is a writer. Anyone can write. It doesn’t make you Hemingway, or Dickens, or Rice.
Of course, when you publicly declare, “I am a writer,” people will automatically say something along the lines of, “Oh, really? Anything I might have read?”
“Well, no, I’m not actually published.”
But I am a writer. I’ve written a book. I’ve written poems, and short stories, and blog entries. I am a writer.
And with luck, one day, you will see my name on the spine of a book at Barnes & Noble.