Turning Pro

I have done some writing over the years.

In 2013, I adapted portions of the book Voices from Chernoybl by Svetlana Alexeivich into a one-act play for my high school students.

In 2017, I wrote an original one act play for another group of students.

When I was 12, a poem I wrote was selected for an anthology for young writers.

When I returned to college to get my teacher certification, I had to take a number of English courses to bulk up for my Language Arts, and my favorite course was a poetry class taught by Greg Kuzma. We cranked out new poems every week and discussed them. Some of them were excellent. Some others were…also written.

Writing is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Another form of creating.

On my 38th birthday last October, I decided that I would put a piece of writing out into the world 52 times over the next 52 weeks. A year of writing. A year of being deliberate. Including this one, I’ve written 20 pieces in the 21 weeks since.

I’ve been publishing these pieces as Notes on Facebook, a place where I have a small community of people who will read them and give some feedback.

Facebook is tricky, though. There’s been a whole lot of negative business happening around the platform and one of my oldest, dearest friends has decided to leave the platform (again). She asked for the address of my blog, so she could keep reading it.

Huh. Maybe time for an upgrade?

I’ve just finished reading Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, which had been on my To-Read Shelf for some time. But books, I’ve found, come to us in their right timing. I devoured it in a few days.
Pressfield writes about the difference between Amateurs and Professionals:

 Aspiring artists defeated by Resistance share one trait. They all think like
 amateurs. They have not yet turned pro…

The conventional interpretation is that the amateur pursues his calling
out of love, while the pro does it for money. Not the way I see it. In my 
 view, the amateur does not love the game enough. If he did, he would not
pursue it as a sideline, distinct from his “real” vocation.

The professional loves it so much he dedicates his life to it. He commits

That’s what I mean when I say turning pro.
Resistance hates it when we turn pro.

It’s all about mindset.
It’s about attitude.
It’s about dedication.

Will I create on the side from time to time when my “real work” allows me to, or will I create because that is what I was created to do?

So, I’ve decided to go pro.
I’ve started by paying a bit of money to launch this WordPress.
I have a lot to learn yet.
Thanks for coming along for the ride.

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