If you are a writer, then you write. If you aren’t writing, are you a writer? Maybe you have written. Maybe you will write. But, for me, being a writer is literally being a writer. You are only a writer when you are writing.
When I am not writing, I’m not really a writer at that moment–I am a guy thinking about getting back to my chair so that I can once again be a writer. Of any of the things that I am in life, being a writer is one that I enjoy more than most.
I do disagree with those who think being a writer is something that you can achieve. You cannot achieve it. Ernest Hemingway was a writer. At this moment he is not. I am writing as this moment, in this moment I am a writer. Writing is a gift God gives to the living–the living who take the time to actually do it.
I know, my definition of a writer is very different from most, but it makes the most sense to me. It explains why I don’t feel right when I’m not writing. It reminds me that I am never finished. It reminds me that, today, I am alive and the world had better be better for it in some way, or I wasted the gift.