Regardless whether you’ve been published, you have every right to take seriously your desire to be a writer.
These steps will help:
● Set aside a place to write. A dedicated office or even just a corner of your dining room table, this should be a place you leave out the tools of your trade so you can grab a few minutes whenever the opportunity arises.
● Keep careful records. From letters to the editor to poems, articles, or sample chapters, everything you write is part of your opus. Many times I have pulled bits of old projects and incorporated them into a new work. A few years ago, a Writer’s Digest publication paid me several hundred dollars for an e-mail I had sent to a writers organization. I reorganized the material and jazzed it up before I submitted it, but not bad for an e-mail!
● Use your talent to influence society. Write letters and e-mails to politicians and letters to the editor. Volunteer to write (or proofread) your church or school newsletter. Help someone write their life story. Any place you can use your writing –– no matter how low the pay (if any) –– is a place you can practice your skills.
● Invest in your career. Subscribe to a few writing magazines. Start your collection of writing and research books. Anything you spend on writing is tax-deductible. Talk to an accountant about how you should file as a working writer.
Deborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, and the Carol Award. She will teach both morning and afternoon sessions at the upcoming Writing for the Soul conference. Visit her at www.deborahraney.com.
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