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Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

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Karen and DesLily have been going back and forth about what makes a writer. It's been a fascinating read. I chimed in on Karen's blog, but would like to expand on my statement. Here's what I wrote:

As for writing, I'm with you. Being a pro writer involves more than a paycheck, IMO. One of the best pieces of writing advice that I got was, "if you want to be a pro, then act like one." There's a certain frame of mind involved. It's not simply the drive to write, but the ability (as you pointed out) to meet deadlines, to actually finish the work. You can apply that logic to just about any job. And yes, that's a simplified definition, but I think you get my drift.

I'm not sure that anyone can pin down the definition of "writer" any more then they can pin down the definition of "artist." I don't pen best-selling novels. Heck, I've never finished a novel, but I've got plenty of works under my belt. (Hey, maybe that's why I can't fit into smaller clothes! Yeah, that's it!) Yet, I produce work and get paid for it. Okay, sometimes it's harder to get the clients to pay up then it is to produce the copy, but I'm making money at what I do.

Having said that, I'm not sure that making money makes someone a writer. I've seen some horrid stuff that someone got paid to write. How about someone who works at the craft - seriously works at it. That's probably still not enough of a definition, but that'll have to do for now.

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3/13/2006 9:32:00 AM
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