I feel uncomfortable calling myself a writer. When fellow aspiring authors address blog posts to writers, I shy away, thinking they can’t possibly mean me. And, yes, sometimes they are looking for answers from published authors. I have nothing to offer a blogger requesting advice on seeking representation for a novel, because I have never done so. But does that mean I shouldn’t share my experiences when they fit the topic? I am a writer by the very definition of the term – I am a person who writes.
In real life, too, if I tell people I’m a writer, they think that means I’m published and, unless you count a poem printed in a student journal at university, I’m not. I usually end up saying I write “for fun” or “as a hobby”, but that hardly encompasses the passion, dedication and, sometimes, mental agony that goes into my writing.
I’m curious how other aspiring authors and bloggers feel about this question. Do you feel comfortable calling yourself a writer? Or do you, too, avoid considering yourself such?