An unpublished writer is someone with a hobby to the rest of the world. You do not gain any credit until you are validated by having something published.
I want that validation. Want it! I want it so that after spending countless hours pouring myself into the words I write, I will be able to hold my book in my hands, and prove to myself that I can do it. I want to be able to look that doubt in the face that has been hovering over me this entire process and say "I told you so!"