Get Started With A Writing Career You’ll Love.
By Theresa Stroup
How to unleash your own writing potential and get the support you need to fulfill it.
One of the most freeing and intimidating moments I have ever experienced was the moment I finally admitted that I wanted more in life than what my job was offering. I always wanted to write, but all my life I’d been told “don’t quit your day job”, “you can’t make a living as a writer,” “you have to be realistic”.
Sound familiar? Well…one of three was correct.
Can you guess which one?
I’ll give you a hint…
You can make a good enough living as a writer to support yourself without a second job.
Realistically speaking though, wishing and dreaming aren’t enough. You need to take action.
The good news is … it is easier than you think to do that.
In fact, just by reading this you’re actually taking one baby step forward to enjoying financial freedom and living the “writer’s life”!
Take a moment to congratulate yourself before you continue reading.
Now as I was saying…
It is possible to make a good living as a writer and no you don’t have to be Stephen King, or J.K. Rowling, or James Patterson to do it. You just have to be you. You have your own unique set of skills, your own voice, your own particular outlook on life, and all that can be used to your advantage. Turn your hobbies into moneymaking writing for advertising companies; help support your favorite charity by composing fundraising letters and so much more! In short, turn your passions into profits and your love for writing into a living. I did it and so can you!
Believe You Can and Commit to Growing as a Writer.
The key is to believe that you can do this. You’re already a good writer, but to grow into a great writer you need more of the right kind of practice. In a recent post written by Jeryl Brunner on www.forbes.com, Brunner spoke with Alicia Malone, host of the streaming movie service FilmStruck about turning her hobby into her career.
Malone advises readers: “Figure out what you love to do, what gaps there are in the market that you could fill and your natural talents. That is exactly what I did. Then don’t give up, put in the hours, be reliable and nice. Create a network for support…”
Malone goes on to say: “the good thing about the world now compared with when I was starting out is that you don’t have to wait for someone to give you a chance. You can start to work on your craft, make a brand and build an audience yourself — with social media, blogs and YouTube. My advice is start. Don’t wait. Just do it. Be consistent…
Now, I can hear you saying, “Sounds great Theresa, but where do I start? How do I get the right kind of practice? And how do I know if my practice strategies are effective?”
While best writing practices vary, based on your particular writing style and subject matter…
Here are a few general strategies that you can use to get started:
- Write every day. This may seem obvious but for most writers this is one of the hardest things to do. Writing everyday will improve your skills and put you in the mindset of a writer. It also teaches self-discipline, which leads me to my next strategy.
- Set small goals/deadlines (daily, weekly, and monthly). As a professional writer, you are going to have to meet certain deadlines for your clients or you simply won’t be paid your full fee. So start now, by creating personal deadlines and holding yourself accountable. Setting small goals will help you remain focused on writing and keep you moving forward.
- Read every day. While this one may seem less obvious than writing every day, it is just as important. All successful writers, no matter what they write, are also great readers. As writing consultant and award-winning author Stephen Wilbers writes in his book Mastering the Craft of Writing, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Commit to reading at least one piece of writing a day. Whether you carefully read over the latest credit card offer you receive in the mail, a commercial blog, a company Facebook page, a newsletter, or e-newsletter read it through. Read it once to get the gist of what is being said, then read it again to study the structure and strategies used to say it…but don’t stop there. Read fiction, nonfiction, autobiographies, and anything else that catches your interest. Read, Read, Read!
Seriously, reading is crucial and it is something you can do anytime, anywhere and it can make a huge difference in moving you towards the “writer’s life”. As Albert Einstein said:
“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”
And speaking of libraries…I do have one last strategy to share with you…
A little bonus tip that combined with the strategies I’ve already shared, can give you a huge advantage over other “would be” writers.
It made all the difference for me when I started writing professionally and it can for you too!
It’s called the X Club and it’s like a secret library for writers. Filled with tons of resources, strategies, and practical advice for new writers, you can use it immediately. Here you’ll find a supportive community of professional writers with knowledge, wisdom, and insider tips to share. The X Club also offers opportunities to get your writing noticed right now. Read my full story and learn how you can jumpstart your own writing career today. Get all the details here!