Today’s post is about how to make it as a professional writer. Most artistic types are resigned to struggle and barely make it in life. I for one have never wanted to be a starving artist, and so I’ve done my best to find ways to make money writing. I know a hand full of writers who like myself, are at various levels of making it. I also know many other writers who would love to write for a living but for now, writing is basically a hobby. The difference between writing as a hobby and writing to pay the bills is an issue of focus. If you know anything about self-actualization, you know that what you focus on the most is what will manifest. So where is your focus?
If your focus is off, try adopting some of the following practices to renew your focus.
- Write everyday. Give yourself a word limit and do it everyday.
- Read something everyday. Preferably in the genre you want to write in.
- Learn the business. Everyday research and learn something new about the publishing business.
- Enter writing contest. If you’re writing everyday, you should have enough material to enter several contest every year.
- Travel as much as you can. Journal about your experiences and the people you meet.
- Attend book fairs, writer’s conferences, and any gathering of authors and or publishers. Get to know people who are already doing what you want to do.
Until Next Time,
Nicole D. P. McLaughlin
- A Safety Net For Starving Artists (dish.andrewsullivan.com)