I think you cease to become a writer when you haven't added anything to your book in over a year. While I totally blame writer's block, it's apparent I should change my label. I heard in a movie once that a writer who never finishes should be called a novelist.
So, I am a novelist.
I'm sad about that, but maybe it'll give me some freedom after all. Who cares about this little novel? What do I care about what other people think of it?
Maybe I've just been bound up by fear. Fear of what my friends and family will think. And so, I've stopped writing. I've frozen up. Choked.
Until I start to breathe again, I'll call myself a novelist, and avoid any pressure to actually produce anything. (I think politician, legislator, senator, or congressman would be a synonymous label.)