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Don’t let a friend’s insensitive words make you doubt your abilities as a writer

Agony editor

Dear Agony Editor,

I was recently telling a good friend about a writers event I participated in. When I mentioned another author who was taking part, she said excitedly,Ooh! He’s a real writer.I have two novels under my belt, which my friend knows. Am I not arealwriter, too? Her comment really bothered me. What did she mean by it? Is it worth confronting her or is my ego getting in the way? Signed, Unreal

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