So...writer is a fairly vague term. It can mean one of several things:
- A journalist who chases ambulances and *in today's society* risks his or her life to get the scoop on events.
- A casual hobbyist who writes for fun.
- A hermit in some abandoned mine shaft who scrawls out his or her thoughts in true introvert fashion.
- An author - casual or professional.
So what are you?
At this point, I am a professional author. I don't write just for fun, and I am dedicated to turning out a certain number of novels per year, marketing, public speaking, etc. While most professional authors have many books, there are a few who only have a title or two. Yet, they have the support of a big publishing house and are doing their part to market their work. These two scenarios are what is termed professional author.
Other writers I know are hobbyists. They write for fun or for an outlet. (Oh, to go back to those days!) They write because it's like breathing. The world may or may not ever get to read their work. It's their's and, for now, they are happy to keep it that way.
Still others are casual authors. They may self-publish one or two books and don't do much in the way of marketing. If the books sells, it sells. If not...well, that's how it is. They are similar to the casual hobbyist in that it is still more of a hobby than an actual business.
There are ups and downs to all three categories. And it is important to know which you are. You'll save yourself a lot of time and energy by knowing what kind of writer you are and devoting yourself accordingly.
So what are you?
Alicia A. Willis is a home-school graduate, published author, and avid historian. She is a firm believer in the principle that one can accomplish anything by substantial amounts of prayer and coffee. Visit her at her blog or Facebook to view her historical-fiction novels and all the goings-on between writing!