How long does it take to become a writer?

OK ... YOU! Yes, YOU - in front of the computer! Flip to your word processing program - YES NOW!

Write me one paragraph describing the writer who has influenced you the most and why. Then come back here.

Finished? OK, you're a writer.

A writer is someone who writes - Period Full Stop End of Sentence.

I became a writer at age 3 when I wrote about a "silly silly mouse."

Now if you want to become a GOOD writer - that takes practice. Everybody needs a different amount of time to become the best writer they can be - and even published writers constantly learn new techniques.

The best way to start becoming a writer is to get started. Write something and send it off to a publisher or magazine (or whatever); write something else while you wait to hear back from that one, and send the second thing off; rinse and repeat until you make a sale.