Career Creation: Keeping Your Passion Alive
Don’t let anyone fool you: being a writer is hard work. If you’ve decided to make it into a career, it can be even more difficult. Once you no longer see it as a hobby, it can turn into something that you see as a mundane job. Unfortunately, that’s the reality of turning your passion into work. In this article, I’m going to offer ways to make sure you don’t lose your love of writing just because you decided you want to someday make money at it!
Career Making Music
If you’re anything like me, you have playlists you listen to while you write. For me, my music choice is influenced by what type of writing I’m doing. If I’m writing a horror novel or a psychological thriller, I’m more likely to turn on instrumentals that have no words. If I’m working on building a fantasy world out, I’m going to turn on something upbeat with a lot of drums. You can also individualize your playlists per character you’re working on. Choose a genre that matches your character’s voice to get into the mood to write for that person.
Write Every Day
I’ve talked about this in a previous article, but it’s important that you write every single day. No matter what’s going on in your life, sit down and write at least a little. You need to stay connected to your characters and not lose their voices. If you write every day, you’re well on your way to making your writing into a career. It can be difficult to stay motivated, but if you follow the steps in my motivational article, you should be able to sit down and get some words out each day.
Join a Writing Club
If you’re looking to make your writing into a career, getting input is important. Sometimes it can be difficult to get unbiased criticism and critique from the people you love. A great alternative to asking your husband, wife, or siblings to look over your novel is to join a writing club. You can then get honest feedback from strangers who have no obligation to make you feel good about yourself. Who knows? You might learn something, and you might make friends in the process. Just because this is your job doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself while you’re at it!
Remember Why You Love to Write
If you decided you wanted to be a writer purely so you can be rich and famous, you’re probably not going to last long in this career field. Writing is about having a story to tell. It’s about having characters in your head that speak to you and want a chance to tell their tales. There’s no reason you can’t make money off your novel. However, that shouldn’t be your sole motivation for writing a novel. You should write because it’s your passion and passions are important. There’s a famous quote that says that if you choose a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.