I get a lot of apologies, when people write to me. They think that I’m just some blogger, and then they discover I’m actually a professional writer with a novel sold and a SFWA membership and one big-ass award nomination…And then the money quote, the secret sauce:
…and they cringe. They’re not a Real Writer, they tell me. And I am. And they apologize for wasting my time.
You’re a Real Writer even if you’ve never had a publication. You’re a Real Writer if nobody’s (yet) heard of you. All you have to do is to follow the three steps: Write the best work you can possibly do, write as much of the best work as you can possibly do, and send it out.There's much more, and if you are a young writer or a new writer or an unpublished writer, you should read the rest of it.
Trust me on this. We've all been there.