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> A number
> of people I know just say "I'm a writer," and I'm starting to do
> the same among certain kinds of crowds. The person almost inevitably
> asks, "Oh, what do you write?" and you can then tailor your answer
> to your estimation of the person's experience.
I'd like to, but it kind of feels like cheating. I mean, I hardly ever
wear my tweed jacket, and I don't smoke a pipe.
I think that "writer," unmodified, doesn't fit with the idea of being
on a salary. Maybe that's it.