When can you truly, unabashedly call yourself a writer?

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  1. BennyTheWriter profile image75
    BennyTheWriterposted 11 years ago

    When can you truly, unabashedly call yourself a writer?

    Is the title earned through hard work, or is it shared among all literate people on Earth?  Can you call yourself a writer as soon as you produce a creative work, or only when you're published by a traditional publisher?  Only when you're work is recognized by others on a grand scale?  Only when you get paid for it?   I'd love to hear your thoughts!

  2. MickS profile image61
    MickSposted 11 years ago

    The answer is not being published and paid, you can write a brilliant book or article and it never sees the light of day.
    It's a revelation, an understanding of the hard work involved in converting the brilliant, abstract ideas running through your head into coherent prose, and then doing the work.  That is what makes a writer.

  3. Pcunix profile image93
    Pcunixposted 11 years ago

    When you believe it.

    However, convincing anyone else will require you to earn your living from it.  In most peoples eyes you remain an "aspiring writer" until you consistently earn money and lose the modifier.

  4. Hridyapal Bhogal profile image61
    Hridyapal Bhogalposted 11 years ago

    When you fail to get any publishers...thats the time when you become a "TRUE" writer....coz' then you would have to write your own destiny with your mind,body & soul.....

  5. wychic profile image88
    wychicposted 11 years ago

    That's a tough one, and I think does vary...some people are writers by occupation, while others are writers by dint of their skills in manipulating the written word regardless of what they do for a living. Personally, I only started calling myself a writer when it became my sole occupation and everyone else was calling me that too...and it's even on my tax return, so it's official tongue.

  6. Jaggedfrost profile image60
    Jaggedfrostposted 11 years ago

    do you do?" What will you tell them?  Will you stammer your way to
    saying, "Nothing important? I have a day job,"?  I should hope
    not.  When you are a writer, the question has nothing to do with money.
     Is this what you do with your time... read more

  7. b. Malin profile image71
    b. Malinposted 11 years ago

    When you finish a piece and you give it over to the public to read, be it Hub Pages or a publishing house, and someone says  "That's good...or I truly enjoyed... or It made me cry...or laugh...or just feel good after I read it."  To me, that's a writer! 

  8. Karanda profile image81
    Karandaposted 11 years ago

    What does it take before a writer is recognised as such? Is it that first published article where an agreed amout of money changes hands or is it the calibre of the author? read more

  9. profile image0
    BIKTMIAposted 10 years ago

    Basically , for me,  truth when you are recognized by a publisher my opinion.  After writing for years, and published , I still didn't really feel the change until a publisher accepted my book for publishing.  Once on the road my plans just to do a lot public relations.  I really have over the  years learned that not really in for the money of the venture  but the challenge.

  10. Marturion profile image59
    Marturionposted 9 years ago

    I answered another question earlier by stating that "When I reach 1,000,000 published words, I'll think of myself as a REAL writer.  That being said, I honestly believe that the moment you write down a single thought that you truly believe in, you are a writer.


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