I hate the word “wordsmith.” When I hear it, I immediately think, “Cheesy.” I imagine a New Age-y guy wearing a blacksmith’s smock, holding a feather pen [aka, “quill”]. Why isn’t “writer” a sufficient title? It’s mysterious and provocative all on its own. Why the compulsion to dress it up, make it cute, trot it out on a business card?
A writer is someone who writes. If you just started, or if you've been doing this for years, the term still fits. If you're J.K. Rowling or J.K. Nobody, ditto. It doesn't matter if you write full time or part time. It doesn't matter if you're published or unpublished. If you write, then you are a writer.
When I hear a writer call herself a wordsmith, I assume she's more interested in being admired by the world than she is in communicating with the world. And I can't respect that.
Yes, all right, it's just a word. But words matter to me because I am a writer.
If any of you have a different feeling about this, have your say in the Comments.