The main thrust of Chris’s post was talking about people who read travel magazines, but don’t actually ever want to travel. However, he also related this to writing.
There are plenty of people out there who say they want to be writers but many fewer actually willing to put themselves on the line, write something and throw it out to the public. The thing that we don’t think about is that writing has one of the lowest barriers to entry as just about any field you could choose. All you need is a pen and a piece of paper (or perhaps a notebook if you’re going to keep going for a while). You can pick these up at your local grocery or convenience store for under $5.
You don’t need a computer, you don’t need a fancy marketing strategy, you don’t need any employees to be a writer. All you need is you and your ideas and somewhere to express them.
Is it always easy to sit down and put your ideas to paper? No. If it was, everyone would do it. But there is little else stopping you at this point. So stop telling people that you “want” to be a writer, pick up your pen and go write something. It doesn’t have to be perfect right out of the gate. That’s what editing and revising is for.
Just remember, the people who pick up the pen and write end up with 100% more books than those who don’t.