When is a Writer a Writer?

lettersandlight:

I’m a new runner.  I’ve only been at it for a few months, after walking my very first 5K last year. I’m still overweight, so I’m far from fast, and I’m such a rank newbie that I often ask myself whether or not I can actually call myself a runner. I mean, don’t you have to run a marathon to count? Or run five days a week for a certain number of miles? 

I have a subscription to Runner’s World. I bought specialty running shoes at a running store after a proper fitting.  I am following a 5K training plan, even though I can’t run more than a few minutes at a time. When do I get to call myself a runner?

This insecurity isn’t limited to running. Or to any sport. Writers experience this as well.  Every so often, someone will come to the NaNoWriMo forums to ask, “When can I call myself a writer?”

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