“Professional writers write for money. Amateurs write for enjoyment. If you are writing with no expectation of being paid, you are an amateur.”
Do you agree?
This is what I’m discussing at Misha Gericke’s blog today. Go weigh in, please, and check out what other writers have to say.
On my way.
I write for pleasure. I’ve never been paid nor do I expect that to happen. I’m an amateur. If I were to be paid? I’d still like to think of myself as an amateur. The pressure is much less. 🙂
I agree, the pressure is lesser.
I guess I agree. This factor must necessarily come into play. Even if someone loves writing, they wouldn’t write some crappy stuff for some weird website, just because they love to write. A pro would hover, take it up as a job and do it.
Professional writers can be amaetuers but amaetuers can progress to being pros…
Agree, Devesh. We all begin as amateurs.
Irrelevant distinction. Just write.
That is another way to look at it.
This kinda sums up the debate between amateur and pro quite well…
Thanks for this link. Indeed very useful!
I think the artist (including writers) has to act like a professional long before they get paid.
Acting like a professional is key, Susan. Great comment.
I think that’s a fair assessment. However, a writer is still a writer so long as that person is writing!
Not everything is about money. There is such a thing as a professional attitude…and if that happens to lead to monetary reward, that’s even better.
A lot to be said for a professional attitude.
That’s usually the definition for all other professions.
It is. But is writing like any other profession?
The truly successful writer writes for enjoyment and gets paid for it 🙂 Maybe not enough for a living, but some monetary compensation certainly
Hi moni :). Do go over and weigh in at the discussion going on at the guest post at the moment!