If you put in the effort, you are sure to reap the benefits of it.
Being a writer might seem like a walk in the park, but it actually isn’t. It’s like climbing a huge mountain with little to no gear. It’s fearing if you’ll be able to reach the top or not. It’s not knowing what lies on the top of the mountain.
Nowadays, we’re all looking to just leave our regular jobs and become our own boss. It’s kind of like a trend but the reason why so many people are becoming entrepreneurs or in our case, ‘writing entrepreneurs’ or ‘freelancers’ is because they have the ability to be flexible with their jobs. Well, the job that doesn’t actually feel like a job (if you know what I mean).
There isn’t stress, you’ll spend more time with your family, work from home, and even go on vacation whenever you want. It’s like a dream come true for so many people out there. And I know that I might sound cliche but it’s the truth, right?
P.S Freelancers can even earn way more than what a regular employee earns (if/when they become and show their professionalism)
It’s not easy, but if you put your mind to it, anything can happen, right? And that is true, by the way. By putting in the work and effort, you will see results. Which is why today, I’m going to share with you 7 simple ways you can become a professional writer and also turn your passion into a career.
Stop Worrying, Start Writing
If you won’t start writing, then how can you expect to become a professional? Just like any other player in the field, you must repeatedly practice and polish your skills. It’s the same for writers; the more you write, the more you’ll understand the tones and styles of your work.
Everything must have a beginning, and so does your writing. If you start now instead of an hour later or tomorrow or the next week then you’ll never find the time to write the thing you always wanted to.
There’s never a right time because the best things happen unexpectedly.
You can start writing a blog article, or a short story, even poetry works as well if you’re into it, but start. Don’t wait.
Create A Schedule
If you’re already working on a project, then you might not have the chance to write. Instead, what I would suggest is to create a schedule so that you can squeeze at least 20–30 minutes of your day for writing.
You can surely forget your work for half an hour and work on your story, right? It’s not like your work will run anywhere.
If you’re a night owl, that’s even better because, from my experience, I write better when everyone’s asleep. There’s less noise, less distraction, and my focus is solely on my words.
However, if you’re a morning-cuckoo, then you can warm yourself up by writing the first thing in the morning instead of checking or replying to your mails. At first, it will seem a bit hard but if you make it a habit, then you’ll notice a major difference in your writing.
Progression is more important than giving up.
Invest In Yourself
I can’t stress this enough. The more you invest in your training such as creative writing courses, article writing, or any type/form of writing, it will help you and will show in your work.
It’s kind of like a subconscious act where you’re learning everything from these amazing teachers but even though you’re not applying their formula or techniques, you’re using their tips in the back of your head. It’s like thinking what to do and then doing it in a much better way.
You can find some awesome courses on websites like Udemy, Skillshare, Entrepreneur store, LinkedIn, and even Fiverr Learn where you will earn a badge for every course you take. In turn, it will help you gain more clients, leading you to earn more.
Positivity Is Everything
It’s the real theme of your life. Without positivity, you’re gonna melt into nothingness. You need to keep your head raised high, and you need to surround yourself with supportive people that will appreciate your work.
You can share your work on various writing platforms such as Wattpad, Instagram, Facebook, Medium, etc, and ask for reviews from your fellow readers. That way, you’re building a connection with the reader but you’re also learning something new; you’re learning about your mistakes too.
Pro Tip: You need to keep an open mind when it comes to reviews or criticism because people can be brutally honest at times and as writers, the last thing we need to do is let our ego win.
Read A Lot
You might have heard this from a majority of people or read it in many articles, but it’s true, the more you read, the better your writing will be. It’s a weird connection but it works.
You need to absorb the words, see how the author has linked the sentences together, understand the types of tones they use, and use that to your advantage.
Don’t copy, learn, implement, repeat.
If you can’t put in the hard work, then who will? It’s your story, your characters, your plot, so it’s your duty to let those words spill on the paper. Dedication is everything. It might take you months or years to write a book, but at least you finished it. That’s called dedication.
It might take posts after posts for Medium to curate your article, but finally, they did it. That’s dedication.
It might even take more than just 5–6 years for you to become a best-selling author, but you eventually did. That’s dedication.
What professionals have in common is dedication (It’s such an inspiring and fun word to say, isn’t it?) and if you have the same dedication in you, then I don’t think you need to fear anything else.
Just start writing, start bleeding, and see how your hard work pays off.
I might sound philosophical by this time, but writing is all about the heart, mind, body, and soul. It’s all about the inner peace and all that self-love stuff. Sure, writing can make you stressful but have you ever felt that sense of joy when you enter that last full stop at the end of every chapter or article? That’s such a relief to all of us, isn’t it?
There’s also one more thing I would like you to know and that is rejection. Now, when you submit your book or article to publishers, there’s a possibility that your piece will get rejected. But don’t worry, it’s not like the world is going to end.
You still have time to polish your work and send it to another publisher, that’s what you do. But what you don’t do is leave your writing hanging on a thin rope because that’s not how professionals are.
Professional writers don’t give up. No matter what. They are adamant, stubborn as hell, and they will do anything to achieve that one publisher that would change their life.
You need to have an attitude like no other. You need to keep yourself at the top and act like a professional even if you aren’t. By doing so, you’ll attain a certain level of confidence that will help you reach your goals quicker and in a more efficient manner.
Start Looking For Work
Now this one might make your palms sweaty but it’s what you must do to really grow as a professional writer. Start looking for writing jobs on LinkedIn, and Indeed.com (these two are what I usually use to find a gig) read their requirements and if you believe that you’re the best candidate, then just apply. Don’t think about anything else. Don’t think about the future, just think of the present and apply for that job.
If that job is written for you, then it will make its way to you or not.
Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t get the job, keep on applying. You can even make your own writing gig on platforms like Fiverr and Upwork and earn as a part-time or full-time freelance writer.
The world is filled with opportunities, you just need to look for it, or wait for it to come and find you.
Earn Your Way
Once you believe in your writing and once you’re confident that yes, you can make it work, then it’s time to turn your hobby into a passion.
You can either apply for jobs or create your own income stream such as self-publishing books on Kindle, monetizing your blog, selling- third party products through copywriting, ghostwriting, or getting paid to write for magazines and journals.
You will have broad options to earn as a writer but believe me, that would be just the beginning. I have seen/heard so many writers earning more than $500 monthly, sometimes even $1000 and that’s just because they work hard every day, they learn, they don’t give up, and they strive to make themselves better.
I hope these tips were helpful to you because, in a way, it was helpful for me too. It brought back the memories of how I used to be a novice writer but by fighting to stay in the market and waving my hands for people to recognize me (though not literally) I can now be proud to call myself a professional writer.
It’s the journey that matters, not the destination.