This is Dr Tanya’s quote for Blogging Insights this week. I’m not sure that I completely agree with it. It makes it sound as if perseverance is all you need to become a professional writer and I am sure that there is a lot more to it than that. Some bloggers I follow have published books but I don’t think any of them said it was easy. Self-publishing has helped some get into print who may not have had the opportunity otherwise and if getting paid makes you a professional then I guess even making 99c from Amazon means you can call yourself a professional writer.
As a motivational quote it doesn’t work for me. Long ago I realised that I could not write fiction. I can’t visualise a story through the beginning, middle and end. I get lost in the middle somewhere. I think that if you don’t have the gift of storytelling then becoming a professional writer of fiction will be impossible and it would be better to work out what you are good at and write that. I like to write non-fiction, when I was younger, I thought it would be wonderful to be able to write for magazines. I liked the idea of being a travel writer. Maybe if I had applied myself, I might have managed to sell something to a magazine but as I had no money to actually go anywhere it was always going to be difficult to break into that market.
I am happy as an amateur because I write first to please myself. Blogging suits me as a form of writing and if I do get to travel somewhere interesting, I can blog about it. This blog is not monetised so I’ll never get paid for it but then I don’t expect to be.
Being an amateur is fine for me if it means writing primarily to please myself.
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I completely agree. I keep wondering why everyone is so determined to be a “pro.” There is NO reason to be a professional unless you are trying to earn your leaving by authoring or other writing. If you are writing because you enjoy it and so do your friends, then why do you need to be a professional if you aren’t doing it professionally anyway?
It’s like amateur photography. Outside of some of National Geographic photographers who are the best of the best of the best, the rest of the best photography is done by amateurs. Why? Because professionally are busy with deadlines and doing what bosses OR clients want. If you want to see real creativity, it’s the amateur market where you will find it.
AMATEURS have the freedom to take pictures or write however they please and be beholden to no one. It’s why blogging is so a relief after years of deadlines and bosses and clients. Even when you have a good boss and quality clients. Freedom mean you AREN’T waiting to get paid!
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It seems as if to many people if you have a talent or interest you ought to be trying to make money out of it or what’s the point? The point is FUN.