I don't remember much about it, but I remember reading it about 5-8 years ago while on an Asimov kick. It may be one of his stories, but I can't remember names/places.

All I can remember is that the main character, a robot, decides that he wants to become an author and experiences opposition to his claims that a machine can be creative.

Any help?

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This is very likely Cal, a short story from 1991.

CL-123X, aka “Cal,” is a robot owned by a writer. As an experiment, the writer begins giving Cal himself the ability to write. From clumsy and hesitant beginnings, Cal’s understanding of humanity and skill as a writer grow apace until he becomes too aware of mankind and too cynical. His owner decides to call the experiment off—but it’s too late, as Cal has found a driving force more fundamental even than the Laws of Robotics.

It could be The Bicentennial Man, but the description doesn't seem to match that too much.

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    I agree it sounds like Cal. The Bicentennial Man wanted to become an artist and I believe had lots of success selling wood carvings.
    – Justin C
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 14:13

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