Some people want to be writers. Others want to be plumbers. But the way I see it, plumber or writer, we’re learning similar crafts.
Both plumbers and writers are just trying to figure out how everything fits together. And neither of these jobs is glamorous. In fact, odds are clearly in the plumbers favor in terms of money and security.
The downfall of an amateur writer is trying to be a writer when he should be learning the trade of plumbing.
Step by step the amateur progresses. He learns how to line-edit, write to a beat, and use grammar. He thinks about his audience and method of distribution.
I guess the only difference between a plumber and a writer is that people like to be called the latter.
Plumber, writer, pediatrician… the words are just labels in the end. And labels are for soup cans and filing cabinets. Don’t confuse the label with the skill-set.