Self identity is very important for writers I think, because generally speaking, people who do not pursue writing as a career believe us to be irresponsible, hopeless dreamers. So you have to sort of embrace the idea that it‘s alright to be seen as foolishly optimistic and just go after your dreams.
But – and here’s the butt of it – when you start to meet fellow dreamers who have become professional writers, who are part of the publishing industry, you realize that you kind of DO want to be taken seriously by them because they‘re peers. But my chosen genre will always push me to the fringe.
I mean, come on! My story protagonist is a time traveling fashion designer who slays dragons. So sure, taking me seriously would have to be a challenge!