“It’s none of their business if you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
– Ernest Hemingway
Some people were born writers. I’m not one of those people. That still doesn’t stop me from responding, “I’m a writer,” when asked (the frankly rude, in my opinion) question, “What do you do?”
I’ve been writing professionally for seven years, but still don’t feel I deserve the designation because I haven’t achieved my goal of writing for myself every day.
For the purpose of a self pep talk, I have come to accept that what makes me a writer isn’t necessarily that I’m paid to do it … it’s that I write. I don’t write every day — I should — but I write regularly. I write often. I write enough. I’ve put in so much writing time that now I’m published and getting published is getting easier.
Just like everything in life, you’ve got to take it one step at a time. The more you work on something the more skilled you will become. Don’t give up, just put fingers to keyboard.