Today is Monday, and I’m on vacation leave, a very rare occurrence, especially in a season where work volume is expected to be at its peak. But I’m not complaining. As a matter of fact, I welcome the reprieve.
Last night, before I went to sleep, I have commissioned myself to finish at least five 500-word articles before I retire for the night today. It’s almost lunch time, and I haven’t started a single article. At the rate I’m going, the possibility of finishing those five articles have gotten from slim to remote. Especially since instead of tackling what I’m supposed to be tackling, here I am writing this blog piece.
Some writer I must be, huh?
The truth about being a writer
If you’re an aspiring professional writer, let me tell you once and for all, it’s not all glory and fame. It’s not an easy road to take. It’s work just like any other piece of work. Writing is doing. Writing is getting stuff written. Writing isn’t in the mind. Writing is translating those words overflowing in your mind into readable material that people can take things of value away from.
I’ve been writing professionally on the side for a while now. I admit I’m not as good as typical writers you probably know about, but I always give my writing my all. And if there’s anything writing isn’t, it’s not easy. To produce quality material, you’ll need to invest a good amount of sweat, blood and tears. Yes, this applies to every material you create, not just the first or the second.
Writing for fun vs. writing for money
Writing may be my passion. I may have been writing since I was nine. But writing for fun and writing for a living are two different animals – on the opposing ends of the spectrum, as a matter of fact. To become a professional writer, one MUST write. No excuses, no tomorrows, especially if the writing has to be done today.
To become a professional writer, always remember, if you’re not ready to put in the time and muscle, you probably need to step back and reassess your options. But if you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, you just might become the success you’ve always imagined yourself to be.
I realize the tone in this writing is a far cry from the usual tone I use whenever I write my articles in this blog. Well, the reason, partly, is this post from Forbes.com. The lady calls herself the Simon Cowell of the literary world. Then again, I would have to agree with her assertions. Sometimes, the truth becomes a lot more obvious when it’s shoved at us in an in-your-face manner.
Oh, and if you decide to read the article yourself, don’t be put off by all the negativity. If you know and fully believe you have what it takes to win the writing battle, you shouldn’t allow anybody to tell you that you can’t.
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