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September 11th, 2004
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The Amateur Writer

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Date:September 11th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)

Amateur or not?

Hey, Mike! I agree that "amateur writer" is a valid term--my point is that most people don't acknowledge it as so, and we should. There are a lot of things attached to the word "professional," including quality issues, being paid at all, etc. Your criteria of "half his or her income" would, sadly, exclude many if not most of the published writers I know...

I want to draw a different line than you did on fan fiction as well. If a writer is working in someone else's universe, particularly if they don't have to (which fits things like Poul Anderson writing a Man-Kzin War story), it's a kind of fan fiction--you're a fan of someone else's world and writing in it. Not that I disagree with your points in general, but I was trying to link fan fiction with published works and show they are not impossibly far apart!
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