The life of a writer is usually romanticized. It is mostly portrayed by media as a series of book signings, movie deals and endless royalty checks. But only writers know the other side of the story. Only writers know of the hardships and the competition. Only writers know how difficult it is to make a living as a writer. So before you think of becoming a professional writer, you should know what to expect and how to overcome the obstacles of being a professional writer. Here are 5 Essential life tips for professional writers.
1. Reach out to other writers
If there’s one thing you should know about being a writer, it is the fact that it can get lonely. This is because during the writing process, most writers tend to get very sensitive about their work. And they seldom let other people read their work for fear of being criticized. But this mindset is not a helpful one, because writers do need help during the writing process. And it is better to know that there is something wrong with your work during the writing process, than to have a reader point it out once you already published your work. So don’t close yourself off from the world. Ask for help and have other writers look at your work. Make friends with other writers and have writing sessions together. This will not only help you grow as a writer, it will also make the writing process a lot more enjoyable.
2. Value your readers
If you want to succeed as a writer, you should remember that you can’t do everything alone. You can be the best writer in the world. But if you don’t put in the effort to know your readers, all your skills will be useless. So value your readers. Write with them in mind. Take the time to know who you are writing for and what they are interested in. By making your readers an integral part of your writing strategy, you will not only make the writing process more efficient, but effective as well.
3. Practice your craft
If you want to reach your full potential as a writer, you will need to hone your craft to the best of your ability. So make it a point to practice your craft on a daily basis. Make a writing schedule for yourself and follow it religiously. Make sure that your writing schedule is set at a time that you can follow on a regular basis, and that it does not interfere with your other responsibilities. When you practice your craft make sure that you practice every aspect of writing. Practice your grammar, spelling etc. You should also expand your vocabulary by learning a new word every day, and using them in your work every day. All in all, practice makes perfect so make it a part of your daily routine.
4.Use your imagination
One of the best things about being a professional writer is that you are obligated to use your imagination as much as possible. So feel free to let your mind wonder and come up with great new concepts. Don’t limit your imagination and try to think outside the box. Stay away from clichés and tropes and try to come up with something truly amazing.
5. Be patient
If there is one thing that you should remember about being a writer, it is the fact that it can take a long time before you can succeed as a writer. You will have to compete with a multitude of other writers and there is really no guarantee that you will do well on your first try. So be patient. Don’t rush the process, and keep working on your craft. And don’t worry, you will reach your full potential as a writer. You just need to put in the time.