The Professional Writer

Are you a professional writer? As a professional writer you will do some, if not all of the following:

  • Belong to at least one organization that supports your genre
  • Belong to a writing group that meets regularly & critiques works
  • Read not only in the genre you write in but also in other genres
  • When getting critiqued, a professional writer reminds himself/herself that it is the work being critiqued and not their person
  • Seeks multiple views on work—not just from family and friends
  • Takes constructive criticism well and then utilizes it to improve their work
  • Does not depend on spell check to check for errors in a manuscript
  • Reads books on writing and learns from them
  • Takes classes on writing and applies what they’ve learned
  • As a Professional Writer, you are always learning and trying to improve your craft
  • Takes classes on editing
  • Realizes that writing is hard work—and has put time aside regularly to write
  • Understands that it usually takes 50 rejections for every acceptance (even if it makes you pull out your hair and scrub the bathroom with a toothbrush in frustration)
  • After sending out a work, you will immediately start on your next project
  • Takes time to exercise
  • Eats properly
  • Spends time with family and friends

These are just some of the things that will make the difference between a professional writer and someone who is in love with the idea of the writing life.