I’d like to discuss two things that plague a lot of new writers. The first is, when can you call yourself a writer? Should you have a successful blog? Should you be published first? Should you have some type of certification or degree? The answer to all of these, is no. The only thing you need to call yourself a writer, is a pen and paper. If you love to write, and you actively create with your words, you my friend, are a writer. There are millions of writers who are not Stephen King or Clive Barker. That kind of fame and notoriety are not typical. If that is your idea of success, you have a long disappointing career ahead of you.Which leads me to my second question. What does success look like to you? How do you feel right now as a writer? How do you want to feel? Let’s face it, there will always be room for more money and more accolades about something we have written. But, you cannot let money and other people define your idea of success. If you feel good about what you do and are lucky enough that you have the luxury of writing whenever you want, you are not just a successful writer, you are an incredible eminence of writing accomplishment! So keep writing, keep enjoying what you do. Keep telling yourself that you are a successful writer. Go ahead, say it out loud! Tack up some positive affirmations that remind you that you are a brilliant success! If getting paid to write is your dream, there are many ways to get started. Tomorrow we can talk about some steps you can take. Today, you are a success.