Happy first day of autumn, writers!
Many years ago, my husband got me a mug that said POET on it in bold letters. I loved that mug (and used it until I wore it out). When people give us something that names us as what we want to be, it reinforces that identity in ourselves. I used to save every cool nametag from every event that said “Author” or “Featured Speaker” or whatever. It was like proof I could show myself that, yes, I really was a writer.
I wish I had realized the power of naming earlier. I would have made myself a big nametag or sign to put right over my work space that announced to me that I was a writer. Do you have something tangible, something physical, that reminds you that you are a writer? If not, maybe you can make or buy something this weekend. Would love to see pictures if you have them.