There's been a big discussion in the SMFS group about what makes a professional writer. The bottom line there is that they get paid for their work. Professional = $'s. Okay, I get that, but who or what is a writer besides the money aspect?
What makes a person a bona fide writer? The fact that he sets his butt in a chair every day and writes? The fact that he's published - paid or unpaid? Or is a writer only a writer if he gets paid for his work? Do we only measure the success of a writer by the number of books he has published and the amount of money he makes?
What makes a writer a writer and why is success and money the only way to measure who might be a writer? Can a person be a successful writer without a bank full of cash?