The world regards you as a professional writer when you start earning a sufficient amount of money with your words - enough to pay the bills. I prefer to think that the designation of "professional" has to come from your own definition of yourself. When working with the written word becomes your true vocation, a calling in life that you are fully committed to and actively pursuing, then you are a professional writer.
When I started modeling for art students, one of the instructors started referring to me as a "professional model" as soon as he found out I had modeled for artists outside of the classroom setting. I didn't start considering myself a "professional" until I decided to put together a portfolio; that's when I had visual evidence of the number of classes/groups I had worked with, & the wide array of representation that had been done with me as the subject.I even got a few letters from artists I had worked with, proving that yes, they did consider me a professional long before I had done so myself.
Writing is a little different, but it's the same concept because it's another art form. Once the writer is content enough with the publishable work he or she has put out, when the quality &/or quantity meets whatever subjective standards the author has (with the realization that those standards can change without a moment's notice) a person can consider him- or herself a professional writer.
Since earning my Bachelors degree in 1995, I've been calling myself a writer, albeit a non-practicing one. Now that I've started on a major project, doing well at it and seeing ways to improve my work, I feel comfortable leaving out the "non-practicing" part of that description. Whether my work is "professional" or not, well, I'll leave that determination for other people. Thought-provoking question!
by P. Thorpe Christiansen 7 years ago
Are you a professional writer, or do you want to be a professional writer?I am curious wether there are a lot of professional writers posting hubs here or if it is more for people who aspire to be professional writers.
by ryancarter 7 years ago
Do you find it hard to "sell yourself" as a professional writer?I'm talking more about reader response than critical evaluations here. Do you find that your audience is pretty responsive to your writing?
by jenwat0405 7 years ago
I have asked for critcism in the past and have recieved some on the visual aspects of my articles, but I would really like to know if my articles are of good quality. I would like to begin applying for freelance writing positions but I want to know if I have what it takes to make it.I don't...
by Michael John Mele 5 years ago
Anyone here on Hub Pages aspiring to be a professional writer?I am aspiring to become a professional writer...hoping one day to write for some kind of video game publication or something similar...but I'll take whatever I can get in the meantime for the experience. I use Hub Pages mainly to...
by Devika Primić 3 years ago
Are you still trying to be a professional writer?Whether writing for yourself or for an audience how do you see yourself in all writing experiences?Are you a failure in writing?
by Faith Reaper 5 years ago
In your opinion, in writing, how professional or not is it, do you believe, when a writer . . .In your opinion, in writing, how professional or not is it when a writer (even if angry for whatever reason that day) published a work that contains profanity and calls certain persons idiots? In...
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