Hi there, Liz. Welcome. I’m sure one of the staff will be along to take the necessary steps to let you post.
In the meantime, if you want to write, there’s only one person capable of stopping you.
I have chosen to not call myself an author until I get something published However, I’m a writer… because I write. When I put words together to form a narrative, or in verse, or freeform poetry, I write. Therefore, I am a writer.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
Now’s as good a time as any to start. But, please, if you feel the passion, let it live. Even when you (hopefully) get past your current state of unemployment.