It's okay! We can say that. There are plenty of incredibly smart people who can't string a coherent sentence together to save their lives. Of those who can write well, few choose to take that talent beyond business reports, e-mails, Post-It notes. People willing to sit down and crank out hundreds of thousands of words for one single project (that may never be read by anyone else, ever!) are in the minority.
What motivates that fraction of the population? The astronomical paychecks? (Ha!) The support of family, friends, and strangers?
Let's be honest. Writers write because when they don't, they feel badly. Writing is something that has a positive impact on their lives and they crave it.
I was reminded of that recently when I was reading a New York Times article about people who exercise regularly. The article explained that most people who start working out because of motives outside themselves (for better health, to lose weight, because they're told they should) rarely stick with an exercise regiment for the long term. That's contrasted to a fraction of the population who can't seem to stop working out, even after injuries or other factors make it difficult or dangerous, because it makes them feel so good.
Most who start exercising say the goal is to lose weight or improve their health. But those who begin on the promise of imperceptible health effects often stop, Dr. Dishman said, saying they do not have time, or are too tired after work, or they just lost interest. And there are no good studies investigating why people keep exercising. Dr. Dishman and others suspect the motivation is sheer pleasure — feeling energized, a boost in mood, feeling restless and uncomfortable without exercise. And you may not be able to will yourself to have this response. ---Gina Kolata Sold on the Feeling, if Not the Benefit, to Health, NY Times
In my opinion, that's a pretty exciting idea---that my love for writing is more of a personal disposition than something I have to force. It's something I'm going to keep in mind on the days when the writing is rocky and the words aren't kind. I'll try to be aware that, though the pervasive advice to write every day, make sure you set a consistent time to write, and meet minimum daily quotas will help make me a more productive writer, nothing can ever take away the fact that I am a writer. Always will be, even when it's not good for my (mental) health.