Writing is not my hobby. No. It may have started like that. I enjoy writing and it is something that I always thought myself doing.
That is when it became my job. As soon as I started thinking of myself as an author and deciding that it was going to be my job, I had to make that my mentality.
And there were three steps I had to follow to see it through:
1. Learn my craft – Just as it is with any job you have to fully know your job. You need to know what to do, how to do it, and the ins and outs. You need to immerse yourself.
And so I immersed myself in writing. I began taking online writing courses in how to write a novel, I attended writer’s conferences, and I asked the experts. I am doing everything that I can to make sure that I can continually learn and better myself.
2. Treat it like a job – When writing was my hobby, I did it as I had time. I did it when I wanted to. I can’t do that when I have a “real” job. You have to show up, be on time, do your work.
And so that’s how I began doing it. I have to show up every day and write. It doesn’t matter if I have the muse. It doesn’t matter if it is 10:00pm and I am exhausted from school. I have to write. It is my job.
3. I call myself an author – This is the most important part of calling writing a job. YOU as the author have to see what you do as a job. If you call it a job, others will see it as a job. The result will be that it WILL turn into a job. You will start bringing in revenue, even if it is not self-supporting yet, but that can come.
So yes, writing is my job. I am an author. That is what I’ve always wanted to do with my life and it is now coming to fruition.