What’s the difference between a writer and a professional writer? One shows up every day to do the work, no matter how hard. No matter how much they don’t want to. Or feel like they can’t. Or think their work is crap.
A professional has set goals. They know what they want to accomplish, why they get up in the morning. They make the commitment to show up every day. To prove to the muse that they’re willing to put in the time. To add up their 10,000 hours and gain the skill they desire.
An amateur spends their time dreaming about fame. They want the 6-figure deal, the movie rights sold, and an entourage of adoring fans. But they don’t understand what all that means. And they don’t know how to get there.
We can say we have taste. That we understand what’s good and what isn’t. And maybe we do. Maybe we can see that the first attempts at writing something we’ve always wanted to is crap. The difference between a pro and an amateur, is that the pro knows that you have to start somewhere to improve. They know the shitty first draft isn’t the end. They keep wading through the crap, keep writing despite the challenge.
The thing that sets pros apart is that they know they can have anything they are willing to become. So long as you put in the work, you can become whatever you desire. A writer writes. That’s all. If you want to be one, you have to write.
So, go to the page. Finish the project you’ve always wanted to. Write the crappy first draft. Once it’s on the page, you can always improve it.