Whilst blog hopping recently, I visited numerous sites of people who describe themselves as “aspiring writers” or “would-be writers”. Almost universally I have found their blogs to be interesting and well executed, well worth reading. To me they are writers! The fact that they may not have been commercially published is immaterial.
For myself, I really was an aspiring writer for 30 years or more. My great aspiration was to write, but instead I kept the stories in my head. Now I have started writing, I believe myself to be a writer.
I would urge anyone who strings words together for the pleasure of others to see themselves as an actual writer. It seems to me that this self belief is the right place to be when finding the discipline needed to commit thousands or tens of thousands of words to paper.
The writer is within, the words on the page are what happens when the writer is released.