This is not about finding an agent, getting a publisher and making a living off your writing. It is about your approach to writing. Be honest with yourself. Are you an amateur with an interesting hobby, or someone who is disciplined and always learning about their craft. Here's an arrow in the leg for me: can I keep a deadline? (No.)
I have just admitted to myself that I am an amateur writer.
That doesn't mean I'm a bad writer. I have a publisher and contracts and everything. I've got two books in print. I have never seen a review with less than five stars on the Amazon. My books say something and I'm proud of them.
Unless You're Writing for Television, You Probably Need to Plan Ahead
By etymology, an "amateur" is one who does something for the love of it. There is nothing wrong with that. Maybe you are even one of those muse-kissed souls from whose subconscious flows intricately plotted novels with the effortl…