According to the dictionary, a writer is one who writes. Yet most writers don’t consider themselves “real” writers unless they have been published. Is it because the literary world is responsible for dubbing a person a “writer”? Or is it because writers lay that definition on themselves? I think it is the latter.
I remember the first time I ever heard “a writer is one who writes”. To test the theory, I started calling myself a writer. Of course, the first question people asked was, “Where have you been published?” or “How many books have you written?” My own mother said, “Until you’ve had something published, don’t call yourself a writer.” You will probably run into the same thing, but let me give you a clue:
Friends and family will never look upon you as a writer, no matter what you do.