I noticed “skill” isn’t on your list. It definitely should be.

The great thing about this conversation is that it’s subjective. So, we can both claim to be writers if we feel like it.

I understand your criticism, I just think you’re a little too excited about protecting the “writer” title. I’m not sure if it’s your life work or if you just have strong opinions, but either way you’re quite certain that you cannot be a writer if your grammar sucks.

I’d disagree. I don’t think you can just funnel writers into a simple category. For instance, I don’t really get poetry. Somebody might write a bunch of words and phrases that aren’t grammatically correct and without use of punctuation, but they might connect with people through their own personal poetic avenue.

So, they aren’t a writer because they didn’t make their sentences flow naturally?

I just view it as an art, and they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all.

I didn’t say, “everyone writes professionally”, I said you can be a writer if you do it and can connect to your writing, or can help someone else connect to what you’re trying to convey.

I play tennis as a hobby. I’m not a professional tennis player, but I’ve joined leagues and am a tennis player, nonetheless.

I think you’re closing your mind a bit and looking at this as black and white. Not to say that’s bad, it’s just the type of person you are, maybe?

Like I said, it’s subjective. If you write consistently and it serves a purpose, you’re a writer.

But of course, that’s my opinion. Thanks for taking the time to respond, anyway.