"I'm a writer."
Uttering these words is difficult--and they are never proffered as a perfectly sincere and true answer to the question of "what do you do?". Oh, I've a long list of labels that I'm perfectly happy in owning up to (some flattering, some not), but somehow "writer" is not a label that I've owned. Certainly my reluctance has nothing to do with shame in writing. Rather as an appreciative reader of many writers' offerings, I've conferred a sacredness to that art. Simply put, I've never felt that I had attained whatever measure one attains to call themselves a writer.
So if "I think, therefore I am" works; then "I write, therefore I am a writer" must work. This year, I'm going to give voice to being a writer.