I get the impression from the response to my previous post, and indeed the careful avoidance of comments as well, that what we call ourselves is actually quite a sensitive issue.
As a civil engineer I went through many years of training, most of it on the job, to achieve the status "Chartered". I know there was, at one time, a lot of muttering in the trade press about the over-use of the word engineer in society to mean anyone who did anything remotely technical, and how this threatened to devalue the worth of someone who had spent perhaps a decade achieving an engineering qualification.
So, am I wrong? Do you have to prove yourself to be above a certain standard before you can legitimately call yourself a writer? Should the term "writer" be reserved for people judged to be worthy of that title by the publishing world in general? I respect published authors, writers and journalists who feel that they have earned their titles through what may be years of hard graft.
So, maybe it should be "I write therefore I am ...... someone who writes!"
... but inside I feel like a Writer ...
and I am all the more determined to prove it!