Yeah, about that…
I see opinions like this all the time on writing groups and it irks me to no end. The idea the idea that someone else has the better opinion about your creativity is not only absurd, but it shows that they feel as if their view on the universe is the right one and yours is not. When it comes to opinions like this, the simplest answer someone can have is usually the correct one. What is the most basic, simplistic feeling about writing (or any art) someone might have when it comes to actually creating it? Well, how about, actually creating it! That’s all that has to be done. When you were a kid and you’re scribbling pictures on a piece of paper, using your imagination to create an image on a piece of paper, you probably weren’t expecting to get paid for it. Likewise, when a thought comes to your mind about a character, a plot, and you develop images that you want to put to the page, your first thoughts probably weren’t of money. Your leading thoughts might be how can I make money off of this?, yes, but, you have to create it first. All secondary concerns after the creation don’t have to be taken into account after the imagination strikes.
Nobody’s opinion about what a writer is counts except your own. To this guy, being a serious writer, for him, means making money, but this goes back to bullying. You’ve probably been on a writing forum and had someone tell you all about what you need to do in order to match their perception of what a real writer is, what a real published author is, and what real publishing actually means; whether it be an actual publishing house, a vanity press, or something straight out of your own website. Listen carefully because I’m about to give you the best advice about writing that anyone can ever give….
Your opinion, and how you see yourself creatively, professionally, and subjectively counts more than any other persons opinion in the world. A serious writer writes what they want to write. If your fingers are on the keyboard and you’re enjoying what you do, whether it be a fan fiction, a mere twenty-page story, full length novella, or a poem, you’re serious about what you do already. Don’t try to build yourself to the expectations of another writer, publish where they feel is real, or only write for the same reasons they want to write; be your own person! Stand up for yourself, and don’t be afraid to tell another opinionated writer with their thoughts about how you aren’t good enough, to get lost!