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.

  1. You’re putting your work out there in the open. You don’t have to be published to share what you write with others.
  2. You’re participating in critique groups and manuscript exchanges.
  3. You know your genre. You’ve read at least half of the classics, and maybe a third of the recently released works.
  4. You’re thinking ahead, planning for the financial transition into full-time writing.
  5. You started a writing-related business on the side or took a part-time writing-related job.
  6. You’re building your online presence.
  7. You talk with other writers.
  8. You read more than anybody you know and still feel like it’s not enough.
  9. You write. A lot. Dancers dance, writers write. If you’re not writing, you won’t be much of a writer.

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