You’re a writer. You’ve been doing this for a while. You hope that one day you’ll be doing it for a living. But how can you be sure you’re on the right path?
There isn’t a map to becoming a full-time writer, but there are signs along the way that tell you you’re headed in the right direction.
- You’re putting your work out there in the open. You don’t have to be published to share what you write with others.
- You’re participating in critique groups and manuscript exchanges.
- You know your genre. You’ve read at least half of the classics, and maybe a third of the recently released works.
- You’re thinking ahead, planning for the financial transition into full-time writing.
- You started a writing-related business on the side or took a part-time writing-related job.
- You’re building your online presence.
- You talk with other writers.
- You read more than anybody you know and still feel like it’s not enough.
- You write. A lot. Dancers dance, writers write. If you’re not writing, you won’t be much of a writer.