On Becoming a Professional Writer?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what career I’d like to pursue.

I’d still rather be a professional writer than anything else times ten, but I know that’s unrealistic.

At the same time, professional writers seem to agree (at least on this) that the only way to become a professional writer is by committing to it, by writing every day and silencing all doubts that you might not make it.

I guess you don’t hear much from the ones who committed to it and failed.

So here’s my question. At what point do you start hedging your bets and seriously pursuing an alternative career, even though it might rob you of the single-minded focus on writing you supposedly need to have to become a professional writer?

At the point you ask the question in the first place?

About Dante Rasera

Originally from Upstate New York, I currently live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where I'm an MBA student at the Darden School of Business. This summer, I'm interning at Red Hat, the open source technology leader. Prior to business school, I studied creative writing at Hamilton College and received the Thomas E. Meehan Prize in Creative Writing.
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