Being a professional writer

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” Richard Bach.

The big difference between an amateur and a professional writer can be summed up in one word: persistence.

There are several other words I could have used, words like perseverance and patience.

Writing is a long-term activity; very few – if any – successful writers are overnight success stories. Even the so-called overnight success stories are, in reality, the end result of many months and years or even decades of never quitting.

So good writing – and be persistent, persevere and patient – and never quit.


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