Writing is truly a profession unlike any other. A profession which allows you to put down your thoughts and ideas in a form that influences others and society by changing attitudes, providing guidance and transmitting information. The idea of becoming a writer is an exciting, and sometimes, a romantic proposition. Congrats, if you have decided to be one.
The profession of the writer is centered on, obviously, writing. However, there are a few other aspects, which when taken care of, may help you to establish yourself as a respectable writer. To start with, you need to be good at a few other skills, besides writing, such as time management, marketing and the ability to connect with clients and understand their requirements.
Create a workspace for yourself: A workspace where you can sit and pen your thoughts down is essential. The workspace can be a separate room in your home or a portion of a room. It enables you to focus on your writing without getting distracted at the other mundane happenings around you. Besides, it gives you a place where you can keep your writing materials and your correspondence in a place that is easily accessible.
Read a lot: To be a good writer, you need to be a good reader. Read as much as you can about the publications in the market you have chosen. A sound understanding of the market and what editors are looking for will greatly help you in your career.
Schedule your time: Decide on a time of the day when you will write. It could be early in the morning or late in the night. Having an allotted time to write helps you plan your day-to-day activities so that they do not interfere with your writing.
Be prepared for rejection: Rejection is a part of the writing profession. More articles will be rejected than accepted, especially, in the early stages of your career. Don't let that demoralize you. All great writers have gone through this phase before they found success. Use those rejection letters as opportunities to learn and to refine your writing to suit the requirements of the market.
Contact prospective clients: Contact editors of local newspapers and companies in your vicinity. They may be in need of good writers. For a start, and to gain experience, you can contact nonprofit organizations in your area and offer to write for them for free. This is a great way to gain experience.
Plan you finances: While you may want to work as a fulltime writer, ensure that you have an adequate monetary backing before you take the plunge into fulltime writing. It may take time for you to gain a steady income that you can rely on. Hence, it is advisable that you start on a part time basis and then move on to a full-time responsibility.