The one thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second disastrous. -- Margot FonteynI rarely take myself too seriously, so I guess I'm not doomed to disaster. But the writing, yes, I take that seriously. I came to it slowly however. For years, I didn't call myself a writer -- despite writing daily and studying the writing of others daily.
I think it really helps to take the work seriously by calling yourself a writer before you label yourself with any other word, by starting and ending the day with some writing, and by keeping a notebook with you at all times to capture those wonderful ideas that flit though your mind at odd moments. That's, to me, the beginning of taking your work seriously.
How does taking your work seriously manifest itself in you?