Let’s be honest. That’s a silly example to use, Jerry.
What I mean is that when we put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, we become a writer.
It’s dangerous to think we only become writers when someone gives us that title or we study enough or are published enough to ‘become’ one. If that’s so, when is enough? When would you say we reach that coveted title of ‘writer’?
It’s not like being a doctor where we have to go through 8 years of study and hands on work to become one. That’s comparing apples to oranges. It is much harder to place a rigid definition on the creative arts than it is to define those of sciences or more traditional fields of study.
We become a writer by practicing and publishing. We do not only become a writer when we have a published book or when someone pays us for our work. If that was so, where is the line drawn?