Warning -- Mileage will vary.
I know how you become a professional writer. It's no secret. Lots of writers talk about it. Here's a good article by Luc Reid about it. Write a million words of fiction, submit like crazy. Talent is largely irrelevant-- which always seems strange to me, but there you go.
I'm not quite sure what words to count, but I usually count submitted works and I'm about half-way there.
That's great isn't it. I can do that. I love it. I write and I sub, like crazy. It's fun.
Yes, just one million words of deliberate practice.
Oi. What's that? Deliberate practice?
I, ahem, don't do that. I don't have first readers, or crits. I don't take courses or go to conferences. I don't do nuthin'.
So, should I be doing it? I have a plan. I'll give it a week and report back. What about you guys? Do you make a conscious effort to improve your writing? Can you see the results? What do you do?
You might say: Well, Debs. You're always bragging. You're doing alright. And I am. And it's great. But I always want to do better.