Saturday, May 8, 2010

Creating a Writing Career

Every week I look forward to receiving The Prosperous Writer in my inbox. I read it faithfully, and always finish with the intention to respond to the thought-provoking topics -- but obviously fail in that pursuit.

As I sit here on this beautiful, sunny, Saturday morning, I decided that I will finally blog about this week's topic: being or becoming self-producing.

In pursuing a writing career, I believe it is essential to assume full responsibility for that career -- because no one is going to hand it to you on a platter. This career, like any other, requires an investment -- an investment of time, money (if you should choose to take writing classses, which I highly recommend), dedication, and good old-fashioned hard work.

For most of us, a writing career does not happen overnight. It takes many steps, repeated, over time. We have to work hard, and slowly reap the fruits of our hard work. Of course, depending on one's determination and the amount of time spent writing and marketing, the process can definitely be quicker. It really depends on each individual -- what their goals are, how much time they are willing to spend working towards them, and how dedicated they are to writing as a career.

In my case, I have wholeheartedly embraced writing as my chosen path. I love it! It is thoroughly enjoyable, very fulfilling, and I am able to do it while caring for my two toddlers at home. In saying this, though, I must mention the many hours that I have put in to get to this point (where I am finally seeing my name in print more and more and receiving payment for those articles.) Doing some freelance writing for local businesses is also helping me to achieve my income goals with my pen.

So, yes, I do think that writers must be self-producing. In fact, I think that it is absolutely essential. After all, if you are not your biggest cheerleader, who will be?

After saying all this (my apologies for being so long-winded!), it is only right to tell you that I attribute my writing success, in large part, to Christina Katz. I picked up her book, Writer Mama, from a local Borders about a year and a half ago -- and before I finished the first chapter, I knew that I had found my calling. Since then, I have taken her classes, followed her advice, and put into practice what she recommends. And now, I am proud to say that I am a writer.

5 comments:

2KoP said...

No silver platter? I'm so disillusioned.

I agree w/the work ethic you cite, the tenacity and passion required to make a go of it.

How do you sign up for the prosperous writer? I would love to check it out. Lisa Romeo's blog is also full of great tips. If you get a chance, stop by Two Kinds of People.

Good luck to us both, and happy Mothers' Day.

Katherine Center said...

Hooray! This is exactly the right attitude!!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the tip about Lisa Romeo's blog! You can sign up for the Prosperous Writer on Christina Katz's web page. Here is the link to her page http://christinakatz.com/
Good luck to you, too!

Sarah said...

Thanks, Katherine!

marry said...

Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!
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