At nearly every event I attend, someone asks me “How Do I Become A Writer?”
Usually I ask: “Do you want to be a writer? Or do you want to be a professional who gets paid to write? Because those are two different things and it will make my answers different.”
If it is the former, my answer is this: “Write. And share it. And write more.”
If it is the latter, my answer is this: “Hoo-boy, do you have a few hours? And Google?”
I was considering a blog series that gives people a detailed run-down of how to navigate becoming a professional writer, but realized it’s been done before, and done well, by other authors, agents, and editors.
However, I still get asked, so there must be questions that aren’t getting answered elsewhere, or not in enough detail.
So, I wanted to open the floor here.
What questions, specifically, do you have for a published, professional author about becoming a published, professional author? Is there anything you’ve been dying to know, and can’t find in your research? Is there a question that you can’t seem to get a straight answer on?
Ask me, and I will do my best to answer in as much detail and as straightforwardly as I can. It might be in comments, but it will probably be in a blog post. Ask away!
Past Writerly Questions Answered:
Chosing to be a Writer: Why Write?
Getting Started: The “What If?”
First Drafts: My Advice for NaNoWriMo: Be A Bit Crap
Revisions: Unhooking, Tough Choices, And Raising Your Manuscript Up Right
Hard vs. Soft SF: The Balance Between Science-Telling and Story-Telling
Self-Marketing: What I Do To Self-Market (make sure to read the comments, too) & Book Trailers
Agents: I Have A Publishing Deal But I Still Want An Agent & How Do I Get An Agent? Why Do I Need One?
Genre: Why Do I Write Sci Fi?
Format: How To Structure A Story
Finishing a Manuscript: Keeping Momentum & The Emotionally Blocked Writer &
Queries: You Might Have to Work At It & That Middle Place