Last week we talked about the things that distract you from your time and concentration as a writer.
If you do want to be serious about being a writer, there are ways to stop impediments and bring balance to your life.
First Order of Business
Tell yourself, “I am a writer.”
When you’re not yet published and especially if you aren’t making money, saying that sentence aloud sounds ridiculous. However, you need to express that your goal is to write every day for publication and to make money.
Bring Others on Board
After you’ve convinced yourself, the next people you’ll have to persuade are those closest to you. Start with your household. Get them used to the fact that you are a writer, writing every business day for a set number of hours. Then choose those hours. Place them aside and write. When they see you saying you are a writer and working hard to meet your goals, they should start calling you a writer.
Don’t Let Naysayers Sway You
Remember that writing itself makes you a writer. When you are writing, no one can say that you are not a writer. Don’t be deterred if anyone declares you have to make money to be a writer. You typically wouldn’t ask an acquaintance who’s an Uber driver, website designer, or in another profession how much money they make. If you make $10 or $1,000,000 a year writing, it’s no one’s business but those you choose to tell.
Now you are a writer by work and by definition. Next week: how to ward off career-killing distractions.
Can you believe you’re a writer? Why or why not?
What convinced your friends and family you are a writer?
Who is your biggest source of support?