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 live in Brooklyn, New York, where I work in development at a nonprofit organization that provides arts education for New York City public school students. I graduated with a degree in creative writing from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. During my time there, I studied literature at the University of Edinburgh and was awarded the Thomas E. Meehan Prize in Creative Writing.
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