On Choosing Writing
Choosing to be a writer was easy. But choosing to continue with that choice is almost like rolling dice. Maybe my career takes off or maybe it doesn’t. Yet, with almost two years of blogging and creative/fiction writing, I’m still rolling the dice.
I just want to write
That was the reason I chose to be a writer and still the reason I continue to write. I quickly learned that just wanting to write can’t be the only mind frame I have while pursuing a writing career. I think It is the most important one though.
As a creative/fiction writer, there is not much field to start in: I can’t clock into work and be guaranteed a salary for every hour I spend working on a novel ( not yet anyway). I have to write a story and hope it’s good enough for a deal and then maybe I can get paid.
Sure in 2022 there are more new ways for creative/fiction writers to get paid for their work. But considering what I aim for my work, some of these innovative avenues are not the best fit. Once, I’m able to publish a book or publish a novel ( or something), opportunities will present themselves.
It’s the getting started that’s hard.
At the start, I had many questions about my career. One of my main ones exploring how I could get good at writing and making a living from it.
So I made this blog excited to explore just that. Though all I knew was that I wanted to write. I didn’t know anything else. Not how to build a website or how to create content, how to complete a book, or how authors and writers make it to great levels of success. I wasn’t even decent at creative/fiction writing.
But with time there is growth.
Unknowingly I gave myself experience and a platform to experiment with while trying to grasp an understanding of what my writing career should be.
I wrote some decent pieces and published a lot of crappy pieces but most importantly I learned a lot. And that is the most important thing to me. Because I will continue to publish crappy pieces if I don’t know what I’m doing: If I don’t learn how to do it right.
So maybe I wasted a year exploring blogging, writing, and website building. Or perhaps I had a very successful year gaining experience and knowledge in my weird career.
All that was fun, and I’d honestly do it over again but it’s time to get down to business and pivot toward the right direction so that I can focus on my writing career and accomplish my writing goals.
I still have so many questions that I want to be answered but not just about my career. Rather about the writer’s career.
By the next year, 2023, this blog will look a little bit different, and the focus of my writing will change. Now my journey toward literary success will be more like a feature or additive. On the front side, Actually Writing will be about the Writer’s journey.
The main three categories will be The Art, The Business, and The Writer ( me ). With these categories, I’ll be able to capture two main parts of a writer’s journey and feature my own. The Art and Business Side and Me, The Writer behind this blog.
Until Next Year
By next year everything will look different, even the newsletter.
Thank you for an amazing year. Especially my push notification subscribers and my newsletter subscribers. I can’t wait to see you on the version on Actually Writing in 2023.
Don’t just be a good writer, be a great one
Until my next words (on here that is)