I love writing. I love the mastery of finally crafting that perfect sentence and seeing its power and function in a story. I love seeing a story and shaping it with each key stroke. I love that the industry doesn't require special permits, certifications, test or clubs to be a part of it. I love the fellowship of other active writers that are working to hone their craft and who inspire and push me to be better.
However, one of my biggest pet peeves is the person who claims to be a writer but doesn't understand the rules and techniques of writing well. People who tell me, "Oh you are a writer...I am too." When asked to tell me about their writing they stumble and can't give one example...but they have ideas. Those people always have ideas. Ideas with no conviction, skill, or craft are dreams or what ifs.
To be a writer you have to write...daily and passionately. I did not dare consider myself a writer until that most amazing day that I first got paid to write. Then again I felt it in my heart when I finished my first novel. I wear that shiny badge proclaiming the focus of my soul, "writer." It is out there for all to see.