I’ve always said that professionalism counts for writers. Publishing is a business, so is writing, and professionalism gives an edge. To me it is:
1. Competence – understanding the field, what’s needed to write well, and being able to do it (a lot of my recent blog posts are about how to do this part).
2. Reliability and committment – honouring the spirit of agreements.
3. Accepting responsibility. If you’ve made a mistake, admit to it. Understand how it happened – so you know not to repeat it next time.
4. Abstraction – I’ve said it before, and it deserves repeating. You are not your writing. It does not define your self-worth. If you get criticised or knocked back – don’t take it personally.
5. Modesty. You do what’s needed, get stuff done – and maybe some amazing stuff. But don’t let it give you airs. There is no room for a sense of self-superiority in this field.
Do these work for you? Do you have a definition of professionalism?
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2013