That question is used a lot in a religious contexts, but I think it works for writing as well.
Pilgrims are in it for the long haul, are willing to take advice and criticism, are diligent, patient and encouraging. Pilgrims study up for knowledge, they’re not easily swayed, they keep working and writing even after it’s hard and difficult and not glamorous.
Tourists want to find the easy route, are the first to take credit, the first to jump ship, look for the money and then abandon the writing when it’s not there. They study what’s popular just to write something else that’s popular, they are interested in others just as long as you can help them, they get easily frustrated when their writing isn’t accepted, they want re-assurance, not criticism, the only advice they want has to be immediately valuable. If writing doesn’t work, I’m sure they’ll be find something else to do.
Which is it?
(h/t to Russ Ramsey, for bringing up this question and a fine writer himself).