Writers write. Sound obvious? It’s not as simple as it sounds.
I remember it very well. Someone asked me, “What do you do for a living?“ and I answered, for the very first time, “I am a writer.” If felt amazing. It was amazing. Truly, for me, it was the realization of a lifetime of daydreams.
Today, I live my life by the mantra words on the page.
If only that was all there is to it–
If you’re a freelance writer, you are essentially running a small business. Words on page–yes–but there’s also accounting and billing, client meetings and client calls, prospecting, contracts, record-keeping, and so on. There’s also research and learning–there’s always more to learn.
If you’re endeavoring to be a published author, you’d like to think words on page is all you need. Think again. Platform–that’s really what you need. Traditional publishing today wants an assurance from the outset that your name, appearing on a cover, is good for the first ten to twenty-five thousand sales. How broad is your platform? Oh, and platform building … takes time. Lots of time. And there are no shortcuts.
This is not to mention life’s distractions. Life does get in the way.
You’ve always heard about the perks of a writing life–sunsets on exotic beaches, sailing on crystal clear waters, fine dining, engaging friends, fair-trade coffees, craft beers and fine wines. I’m here to tell you, it is all that and more.
I’m also happy to share with you some literary life hacks, tricks, lessons, and advice in the hopes of encouraging you in cultivating a writing life of your very own. If I can do it, almost anyone can. I’m being honest–almost anyone.