This is a contributor’s blogpost …
Sometimes, there are those careers that we’ve always dreamed of having. Whether you’re just starting out and trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, or you fell into a certain career even though you know it’s not right for you, if you’re passionate about reading and writing, being a writer can be a very exciting career. If it’s something you’re interested in, then you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at how to get into writing full time. Even if you’re a writer now, but you feel like you need a little refresher to put you back on track, these tips can help you too.
Read, Read & Read Some More
Firstly, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re always reading. Every great writer is influenced by what they read. If you’re not consuming all kinds of literature, you may not be able to write to your potential. You should be able to handle a great range of texts too. Of course, you should always read the kinds of books that you like, and the genres that you’re most comfortable with, but it is beneficial to be able to read some of the classics too.
And, of course, you should make sure that you’re writing whenever you can too. If you want to become a writer, you have to write. Even if you’re scared to get started, putting your words down is the only way to get started. Write whatever comes to you and what feels right. You may want to work on some short stories or poetry, or even dive right into the start of your first novel.
Brush Up On Your Craft
If you’re already doing both of these things, you may then want to think about working on your craft. Sometimes, you can feel like you need a bit of guidance. So, heading to a local college or looking into online writing courses can be a great idea. Learning from others can help you out of a rut or get you back on track when you’re feeling a bit stuck.
It can also be beneficial to your writing career if you’re able to network with other writers. When you’re friends with other writers, or you’re able to chat and meet up with others that also have a passion for creative writing, it can largely benefit your writing career. Not only can you get some advice and guidance, but you can also laugh and relax with someone that has similar interests.
Put Yourself Out There
And finally, you’re going to want to do what you can to put yourself out there in the world as a writer. It’s not always easy to have confidence in your abilities, but if you want to be a writer, you need to put yourself out there. Maybe start a blog, submit work for publication, or even work to get an agent if you want to become a novelist.