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How to Start a Writing Career

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Are you fond of reading novels and writing stories since you were younger? If you have that passion in writing, why not make it as a career instead? Writers have an average of $55,420 pa

y annually – not bad to work on either part time or full time.

To be a writer, one must possess some good qualities to fit in this job. One must be

 

imaginative, creative, patient and well-researched. It entails a lot of sitting time in front of a computer or a pen and paper. It often requires sleepless nights and more days of being just alone and quiet. Some may see writers as boring individuals, but they are actually not.

If you are planning to be a writer in the future, you must know some of the skills to being one. A writing career could be challenging, but with the tips below, you will get there.

Feel the passion

Do you really want this as a career? Or is it just a fly-by hobby that you become fond of? Starting a writing career means honing your skills as early as you can. Try writing short articles, poems and anything that may be useful for your career in the future.

Master the proper usage of words and punctuations through researching on books and on the internet.

Set goals

One step to achieving success is setting goals. What do you really want to happen in your writing career? Would you want to work on publications? Or are you planning to do your own book? These are the things you would want to decipher before taking any step further.

Remember to take things one step at a time. When you have goals to follow, you will more likely get to where you want to be. You can start small by volunteering on local publications. In this way, you would slowly be noticed by both readers and publishers.

Find a mentor

No one can be an expert in everything. Finding a good mentor in your writing career will help you a lot in honing your skills as a writer. The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) can assist you if you need support of expert writers in your endeavor.

Mentors also usually have another view in what you are writing. Your writing content may be perfect for you but for others there may be some alterations needed – and that is the work of your mentor.

Start blogging

There is no better way today to get yourself into the field other than publishing your works online. The online world is a fast community that can get you noticed. Publish your articles on blogging sites often and be active on giving a response in your readers’ comments. These fans or readers of yours will be your key to making it big somehow in the future.

Meet writers

When you blog online, you get to interact with a lot of writers in your community or even worldwide. Communicate with them because they will be able to give you a lot of tips and tricks on how this field evolves.

You can also try attending writing conferences to keep you updated of the latest trends in this field. These writers may have a lot of connections for bigger opportunities in which you can apply in the future.

Writing requires skills and knowledge. Yet to be a writer, one does not necessarily need a degree. A course in journalism is oftentimes required, but if you are exceptionally talented in your passion, you will excel even if you are not a journalism graduate. Research and patience is a tip to take.