This is good reading for those who write but have trouble identifying with that…there are so many in the same boat! (From Literary Hub)
HOW TO SAY “I’M A WRITER” AND MEAN IT
“FIRST YOU MUST BELIEVE YOU’RE A WRITER.”
I’m a writer. For years, I couldn’t say it. I wondered when I would. How many publications would it take? What finish line would I cross? And then it happened: at a wine tasting, a place I already didn’t belong, when a petite, dark-haired woman serving wine, asked me what I did.
“I’m a writer,” I said, trying it out.
“Oh,” she said, eyeing me. “What is it you write?”
“Er… essays,” I said.
I shook my head. There was no book. Maybe someday. I told her so. Then, as I walked away, she said it. “Good luck on your little book.”