A professional writer writes. Period. While some of us struggle to juggle day jobs, night jobs, family jobs and many other little, trivial things that interrupt our daily writing schedule, professionals write. I guess that’s what weeds out the “wanna-be” writers.
I used work with a friend who owned a screen printing business. We used a manual, five color, printing machine. Each color had to be aligned, and hand printed using a squeegee to apply the ink into the shirt. Though it helped me build and tone my forearm muscles, it was boring. Sometimes we would have a run of 500 shirts, with three to five colors. Yeah, the math. A lot of looking at the same design, hour after hour. Oh, by the way, the way the shirts go on the board you have to look at it up-side-down. You constantly have to check for mistakes and keep all the screens aligned so the final print isn’t all “fuzzy” looking. The only way to complete the job was to be persistent. You could see the stacks of shirts diminishing one by one till finally you printed the last color on the last shirt. Celebrate! Then, start on the next order.
Sounds like a lot of work. Just as is writing—a lot of work. The more we write and get rejected, the better we get, and the more we learn. I hope. Somehow, we write no matter what. Somehow, we break free from all the other little, big, and trivial jobs we must do, and write.