Thank you, Sherry Caris, for those kind words!
I don’t disagree with you, but I have two reasons why I’d still apply the adjective aspiring.
Firstly, I’m too in love with the process. Let me indulge you with a metaphor: if suppose, being a real-proper-writer is to reach the peak of a mountain, then I want to spend as much time climbing it as I can. I want to wander off the trails, climb trees, stop and take in the view, sit and cool myself under trees, get poisoned by a few berries and recover, hide in the bushes, discover long lost caves and find buried treasures, etcetera. I want to do as much as I can before I reach the top because I’m afraid of the question that is waiting for me up there — now what?
Neil Gaiman says that chasing perfection is like chasing the horizon. You’ve got to keep going. I’d say being a writer is the same. You’re chasing the elusive horizon and you must keep going. And while chasing it, you leave behind a trail of stories and pieces of writing that you create in the meanwhile. (Maybe someone else might follow.)
Attaching the word aspiring tells the reader that this person is still in the process of growing, still learning. And isn’t that what being a writer is all about — to learn, to grow? If you take away the word aspiring wouldn’t that mean I’ve achieved a higher sense of what writing is? I doubt there is any writer out there who has learnt everything there is to know. Even the hardened writers of our times will still be discovering new tricks and techniques. And that is what makes the process of writing so magical. That is what makes you fall in love with the process.
I’m quite proud of being an aspiring writer, for that adjective tells me my place, keeps me humble, and reminds me that maybe, just maybe, I’m on the right path.