It’s not easy to write.
There are many things to work past. There is the fear of failure, the fear of ridicule, and the fear of rejection.
Just ask Stephen King.
Just ask JK Rowling.
After working past the first two fears, their first books were rejected by more than a dozen publishers.
Was it the style? Was it the story? Their minds must have been full of a million and one questions. They carried on.
How many ideas have been thought and never been written? How much has been written and never been read? How much has never been read because it was never published?
We live in a social digital age where anything can bloom, boom and go viral. Anyone can author anything. Push button publishing is alive and well.
Even still, after working past all the fear, there’s plenty of work.
Writing everyday isn’t easy, but it’s the life of a writer. Whether you are weaving a 1000-page story to be published in hardback or pasting ideas together for a 300 word blog post, writing isn’t for the faint of heart.
So, what is the difference between a professional writer and an amateur?
Is it how many times you’ve been published? How many read your posts? How much money you’ve earned writing?
None of the above.
Richard Bach said:
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.
That is all. That is the only difference.
I believe there are a lot of you who frequent the 8BIT Network that have amazing posts brewing inside of you, ideas and insights waiting to burst out! Some of you have commented on my posts and I’ve thought, “They could have written a better post!”
I do not consider myself a professional, yet. I don’t believe I’ve traveled down the written road long enough, but I know I am on the right path.