Someone on Tumblr once asked a famous comic book artist (who shall remain nameless) how to get over their writer’s block, which had lasted something like two years. 

The artist, rather than actually addressing the question, told this person that they were not a writer. After all, writers write, right?

There is a lot that can be said about the block not actually being real and that the most important thing about writing is actually sitting down and writing and that you can’t wait for inspiration. We have all heard it before.

But you are a writer the moment you decide you want to be a writer. That’s all there is to it. Yes, you probably should get writing now, but no one can take that title away from you. 

Haven’t been paid for writing? Still a writer, just not an author. Crippling depression that makes it so you can’t find the energy to write for years? Still a writer. New mom with no time to write but still has ideas churning in her brain while changing dirty diapers? Still a writer, just with different priorities now.

This does not necessarily mean you are a good writer. Good writing takes practice, and if your depression (to use myself as an example) stops you from writing for a couple years, then you may need to retrain your brain to be in the writing mode. I certainly am nowhere near as strong a writer as I was in college. But I am still a writer, and I always will be. The same goes for you.

You are a writer.