As with anyone, my writing has been a process. I self-published my first book in September 2021, and ever since that time, my writing life has evolved. Part of that evolution has been my thought process about myself as a writer. Now I can confidently say, “I am a writer.” Or even, “I am a published author.” Like other writers just beginning their journey, I feel like I had to prove that I could do it before claiming that title. Now I have arrived. This is not the end. It’s just the beginning. I. Am. A. Writer.