Thoughts on this? Are you a writer because you love writing, or are you a writer because you're published? I feel. only one real criteria to be a writer and it's this: writers write. As long as you are engaging in . the act of writing, you are a writer. I think people. most people do. The difference between aspiring writers and actual writers is the actual writing. I mean, you wouldn't wait . any different? I would say that you are a writer if you write and an author if you’ve been published. . difference in people almost immediately - those who are writers are too busy writing to care about whether they are one, . Mama From the Train , "A writer writes. Always." You're a writer if you are always writing, regardless of publication. You're .