Am I a Real Writer Now?

So what is the milestone at which you decide you can consider yourself a real writer?  Completion of your first story?  Completion of a first novel?  Maybe it’s the first thing you submit for publication?  Or does only publication itself (I hope not) count?

Got my first couple of rejection letters recently – one the day after the other – from Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Apex magazine.  Not that they should come as a surprise or anything – how many writers get the first thing they submit published?  Was still a tiny bit hopeful when I saw the emails in my inbox though.

I think this is the milestone (at least for now) that I’m going to say separates the amateur from the would-be professional.  Now I can say that I think I’m finally doing this for real.

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