I am a professional writer
Richard Bach: (Never stop trying. )“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
Gram and Imma sit in their rockers, mending. . .
Imma: You know, Gram, it’s funny how our creative processes work themselves out differently. Many people don’t recognize that you are creative too.
Gram: Thank you, Imma, I guess I have trouble seeing that in myself too. You know I’ve been thinking about a comment I made that I don’t consider myself a professional writer. Mike was quick to point out that, since I’ve made money at it, I have the right to call myself a pro.
Imma: That’s right. You do have trouble seeing yourself for the wonderful writer you are. I’ve always seen you as a pro.
Gram: I know sweetheart, you know just how to make me feel good about myself. Those 10 things not to say to a writer kind of hit home. I don’t need others telling me that stuff, because I tell myself that stuff all the time!
Imma: I’ve noticed a lot of writers have the same issues. I guess we’ve either heard those things too often and believed them, or we are part of the problem. If we don’t respect ourselves, how can we expect others to respect us?
Gram: How true is that? I may not always know what I’m doing in navigating the waters, but I am a professional writer.
Imma: I’m pretty sure none of us know everything about the writing world, but we know our own niche. AND, we help others.
Gram: I know. I’ve met so many people who so generously help when questions come up. That’s one of the things I love the most about my writing world.
Imma: Me too! Well, I guess you and I should make it official. We are professional writers!
Gram: Here, here! Would you like a fresh cup of tea, my dear?
Do you ever fear others will judge you and think you’re not ‘good enough’, so you put yourself down before they can? Do you expect more of yourself than others?
Can you tell yourself, “I am a pro”?
By the way: there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be an amateur writer. The choice is yours. 🙂