Sunday, September 19, 2010

Carving out a writing career

When I started this blog I dubbed it with the subtitle - 'Turning writing into more than a hobby.' It has always been my hope that I could turn my writing hobby into more than that. So I'm not entirely sure why I am surprised then when others have started to refer to my 'writing career.'

There is still a sense in me that feels like writing as a career is a pie in the sky dream. I think that sense is finally beginning to wash away. Over the past six months I have learnt so much, my writing has improved and doors have opened for me. I can only hope the next six months offer the same level of opportunities. So as I am beginning to carve out a career in writing I thought it would be good to summarise my top tips for other aspiring writers!

  1. Give yourself something to aim for - Whatever your situation it is good to have a goal in mind. Whether that is a short story every month/week or number of chapters per month. It's a good way to get into the habit of writing and setting goals will keep you more focussed on your work.
  2. Join a writing group - Making contacts within the writing world can be very beneficial. Joining Writing Buddies means I have found out all sorts of information I would not have known otherwise. Even with the benefits of google search engines nothing beats the knowledge of others with personal experience.
  3. Try something new - You may be in the middle of writing a best seller or only ever written poetry but have you tried other styles of writing? There were many aspects of writing I had never considered before starting this blog but have found success in areas of writing I had never previously tried. 
  4. Be open to advice - I have received tremendous advice over the past six months and am trying to take action on all of it. However there may have been times in the past when I have only been focussed on one project and not sought advice when I probably needed it.
  5. If you get stuck, write something else and come back to it later - My mind is always brimming with ideas but like everyone you can dry up on a project. I find the best thing to do in this scenario is try a small project in between. Maybe a competition project which will generally give you guidance on what the subject should be. Once you have done that go back to the other project, hopefully with a fresh outlook on what you were doing.
  6. Never dismiss an idea - I think so far I have never dismissed an idea; I may have evolved it and changed it completely from the original thought but I try not to dismiss ideas as no good. If you do it's a bad habit you need to get out of. Any idea you have can end up contributing to your writing. Try to dismiss thoughts that it's not original. Instead try to work out what your angle is and how that can make it stand out from the crowd.
Hopefully I can add to these over the coming months but for now I need to get back to writing. I hope you will do the same!

1 comment:

  1. I agree with all of these points! Especially about trying different things if you get 'blocked' on one project. I'm working on a novel which can seem a bit relentless at times & taking time out to enter a competition or submit a sketch or article is a bit of light relief!

    Best wishes for your writing career x