“There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well” ― Agatha Christie
Becoming a professional in any career means that you have put in your dues. You have interned, you have studied and passed tests, you have acquired the knowledge of the field, you have put in the time it takes to move out of the novice phase. Same goes with writing. It’s easy to write when it is fun, when you’re inspired, when the right music is on. The mark of a true professional is the dedication to putting words on the page each day in the same mindset as the U.S. Postal Service. You do it regardless of the weather or conditions. You just do it.
So what are you: the amateur or the professional?