THIS QUESTION seems to get asked a lot. I think it has to do with a lot of doubt and uncertainty.
When someone asks me this question, I reply with “Are you writing now?” or “Do you write?”
If they reply Yes, then I tell them “You are a writer.”
If they say No, then I ask them “Do you want to be a writer?”
Most of the time they reply Yes. Then I tell them you must write to be a writer.
Published doesn’t mean you are rich and famous, and unpublished doesn’t mean your work is bad.
I try to give confidence to others as often as I can to get started. Every thought and conversation is a form of a story. Writing it down is a medium to share that story.
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