When reading Writing magazines and looking at online Writers forums, you come across this question quite often; I have found that the answer seems to always lie with the particular Writer.
So I thought I would add my opinion into the mix.
I have loved reading since I was a child, I used to devour books at an amazing rate and over the years have collected quite an impressive collection of books. I treat these like films, re reading them several times. As an extension of my love of reading Fantasy and Science fiction I have attempted throughout my life to write my own novel. Somewhere hidden inside my attic are many unfinished (barely started) stories.
A while ago I decided that I would take things more seriously, to me this meant buying lots of books on how to write (I have read a couple and leafed through most of the rest) Subscribing to the two writing magazines and getting plenty of pads read for all the work I am going to be doing. I even started a Blog.
Then armed with all of this writing equipment I have done almost nothing, don’t get me wrong I have pads full of scribbled Ideas and quite a few of them noted down on the computer ready to develop into short stories or novels. I have a bi-monthly inane comment on the Blog, and that is it…..
For me despite all of this I cannot consider myself a writer until I have been published, for me this could be anything from an article to a novel but I need that particular goal to call myself a writer. Stephen King said in his book on writing that if you write you are a writer, but I still need the recognition.
I will struggle on until I reach the point where something snaps and I actually get something done.