Ten Questions To Know If You're a Pro. Defining professional is a very touchy subject for many writers, and it sparked off a fair amount of comment.
Here's a link to John Scalzi's blog that provides a commentary that I agree with.
Now I'm posting not wanting to reawaken controversy, but because I thought Ms Morton's post was interesting. It made me think. Not so much about defining professionalism, but about sacrifices and a writing career. And that niggling question, 'Am I working hard enough?' or even, 'Am I working too hard?'
I reckon I work quite hard. I do about 5 hours writing a day (but that includes everything, research, time wasting on the internet, editing). Undoubtedly, I could work harder (I failed the test).
Ultimately it's a question we can only answer for ourselves. But it's good to stop once in and while and reflect.