How To Establish Yourself As A Writer
By Patricia L. Fry
People often ask me, How can I break into the writing profession? Heres what I tell them:
Make a commitment.
Write every chance you get. Youll soon learn whether or not youre a self-starter and if you have organizational and time management skills.
Establish a schedule and stick to it.
If you cant find the time to write every day, make some changes in your lifestyle. Give up watching television or get up an hour earlier for example.
Create a place to write.
Dont try to launch a writing career on the kitchen table. Set up permanent office space in a spare room or a corner of your bedroom.
Set strict hours. To help, find a writing buddyanother writer with whom you can connect for support and encouragement. Reward yourself. Say, for example, Once I finish this chapter, Ill take a 30-minute walk. Or As soon as I complete this brochure, Ill call a friend to chat for 10 minutes. Train friends and family to honor your working hours.
Become familiar with the markets.
Spend time each week studying potential markets
Be a bold promoter.
In order to make a living as a writer, its generally necessary to go after the assignments.
Write, Write, Write.
Keep your mind and your fingers nimble by writing every single day.
Many people fail each year in their attempt to start a writing business.
Who is most likely to fail?
Those of little faith who dont even try.
Those who refuse to make sacrifices.
Those who are attached to what they want to write.
Those who cant step outside their comfort zone.
Patricia Fry is a full-time freelance writer. She is also the author of A Writers Guide to Magazine Articles for Book Promotion and Profit (Matilija Press, 2000). http://www.matilijapress.com