If you write, you're a writer. Period. Granted, perhaps you're not a "professional" writer, but you are no less of a writer. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise.
Personal rant: I'm just sick and tired of the idea that if you don't try to traditionally publish that you're less of a writer. Just because your dreams don't match another person's doesn't make you any less. There is a perception that if you don't *try* to publish it must be because you feel your work is inferior. That's not true. I e-Publish because I write a serial that is not easily marketable and which I want to post on a rather rapid schedule. It upsets me when people say I do that because I'm "not confident enough" that my work could be published. Frankly, I have other works I hope to go the traditional route with. For now, I'm happy with what I'm doing and I don't feel myself better or lesser than anyone. Yeah, maybe my skill is higher or lower, but at the end of the day, I'm still a writer. And if you write, so are you. C:
Editing to add: I purposely didn't make this to be a publish vs non-publish stamp because it's much more than that. There are people who write fan-fiction who are told they are not real writers. It applies to many areas. We're all in the same community sharing the same love: writing. What path we take from there is a very personal choice, and one others shouldn't criticize just because they would do it differently.
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