Let's get into some discussions having to do with writing itself.
For example, I am a writer (among other things). When I tell people that, the first question I usually get is, "Have written a book?" Of course, I have to answer that with a resounding "No".
I write informative, educational and sometimes (HUGE emphasis on "sometimes") witty or amusing articles for web and print venues. I write fictional stories and what I think of as poetry. I don't "do" books mostly because I don't have the patience for writing them. I've started at least three books that I have never finished.
Why not finish them? Because I lose interest to be totally honest.
You do not have to be a book author to be a writer taken seriously. There are great writers out there that make a good living at it by writing articles, short stories, ad copy and more.
Most of them go unrecognized and unappreciated because they have no books attached to their names. That's sad in one way but personally I'm fine with relative authorship obscurity so long as the checks cash.
So are you a writer? Do you get paid for your work one way or another? Of course, you don't have to get paid to be a writer. Writers write, that's what makes you a writer. To be a professional writer you should be getting paid. Not to say that being a paid, professional writer automatically makes anyone a "better" writer than anyone else. It does give a writer a significant confidence boost and some spare change to get paid though and it can help you to become a better writer with more eyes looking at your work and providing you with loads of free and unrequested critical reviews.
So, let's talk about writing here and each other be better writers. We can gripe and vent too. Writers are great at those things. We seem to have unending supplies of snarkitude and frustration.