Most authors, like myself, have had grand ambitions about their writing. Let me see if I can guess yours correctly.
You’ve always had long-term ambitions of being published by well-respected publications around the globe, getting your name “out there,” and nailing down some highly valued clients in the process.
Did I guess right?
While I’ve personally milestoned many of these ambitions to date by working for some high-profile search engine optimization (SEO) companies, agencies, and publications in the past and present, I am in no way satisfied by just sitting on my hands or sleeping on a win—I want them all on my resume.
Now who said being ambitious was a crime, eh?Continue reading
Some writers discover their calling early in life; others might be late bloomers. There is no universal right or wrong, but understanding (and adapting to) your individual circumstances can be pivotal in evolving as a writer.
I knew what I wanted to do for some time; right from the beginning of my early 20s (I’m 31 now), and that was to write!
Balancing my full-time, 9-to-5 office job with writing drafts, practicing, and pitching to local editors in the evenings (until the early hours of the morning) was admittedly a tough grind—and it took some getting used to.
But, hey, that was OK with me. I was prepared to walk that extra mile on glass barefooted to get there.
I wanted to become a writer, full time; desperately. And in the process, I wanted to leave that dreadful 9-to-5 admin job in a puff of dust behind me. Five long years. It just wasn’t me, that job. I was better than that.
“Make your own pissing cup of coffee; answer your own friggin’ telephones, and post your own God darned letters,” I’d think to myself, often.Continue reading
Are writers born to write? It might be true that some have that sparkle of natural raw talent and appear to be a little more articulate or tuned in than others, at the start.
Some might say they’re “quick learners.” Is it genetics? Quite possible.
If you’re one of the slower ones (like I was), don’t be disheartened; both slower and faster learners will end up in the same place so long as they receive the right education, direction, hard work, and mentorship—and that’s in a position of achievement and triumph.
It’s not a race to see who gets there first. The objective is to get there in the end.
There’s a learning process involved before any writer can achieve any degree of success, not only in writing, but in regard to pretty much anything.
Replicating the masters is a great way of teaching yourself and achieving success.
Let’s start by stating the obvious: Writing publicly to an audience is a prerequisite of becoming an acknowledged writer.
Otherwise, nobody will know what the hell you do! You’re not exactly gonna get too far with your writing career if you don’t, right?
And I’m no mind-reading guru, but my guess is you want to earn a few bucks, too?
This means that you will have to write publicly in order to get noticed. This might require paid work for websites, publications, and magazines; quite a lot.
That’s on top of things like guest blogging, finding a traditional publisher, writing articles on your personal blog or website, and writing product descriptions for search engine optimization companies.
I’m sure that’s not too much news to you. Hear me out, though.
In addition to that, some entrepreneurial writers, like myself, write privately, too.Continue reading