What Makes a Writer?

The other night I had a dream. I mean, to be fair, I dream every night and usually remember them however, this dream really got me thinking; at what point in my life do I become a writer?

In my dream, I was having a debate with my friends after they had told me that I wasn’t allowed to call myself a writer. My dream friends believed that unless you had a piece of writing ‘professionally published’ then you could not call yourself a writer. They also believed that to claim this title, you had to write for your living. Now, this got me thinking; I technically declare myself a writer, is this okay?

Currently, I do not write for a living. This is definitely not an ideal situation for me as I’m desperate to pursue a career in writing and hopefully one day I will have achieved that and, fingers crossed, I will have published works available to purchase. I will of course, continue to work towards this goal.

I write almost every day, whether that’s a blog post or working on my novel so, I would class myself as a writer; even though it feels almost like a hobby to me as I get so much enjoyment out of it. When working on my book the goal is to get it published one day and make some money from it, so surely this is also work?

I guess I have essentially given myself the title of ‘Writer’ and luckily I’ve not had anyone question it, but I’m still unsure whether this is deemed as acceptable in the writing community.

What do you guys think?