There is no doubt that how to become a professional writer is never as easy as it is stoked to be. Here I’ll take you through my three compiled ways on how to be a professional writer. It’s never easy to kick-start a writing career and expect to make a killing. I’ll show you how to ease the process and come out as a success.
HOW TO BE A PROFESSIONAL WRITER
1. HONE YOUR WRITING SKILLS
It’s almost obvious that when wanting to be a great author and write content that is unique, you will have to hone your skills of writing. I don’t mean that you should start learning how to increase your wpm (words per minute).
I like to break it down into three segments.
- CONFIDENCE — Quite self-explanatory and very important nonetheless. If a writer lacks confidence in what he or she writes, then the end result will be scrunched-up pieces of manuscripts in the trash can. Without confidence in your work, self-doubt creeps in and you soon plateau in your writing.
- RESEARCH — Before you embark on the artistic journey of writing, you’ve got to do research and understand the genre you want to specify in. Research fills you up with a lot of content and makes you adept in vocabulary usage. After all, you don’t want to mislead your readers with faux pas and fake news. Lastly, research enables an author to remain relevant to the readers in a world that is changing rapidly.
- READ — A writer ultimately gets judged by the number of books he or she has read. That is what defines an avid reader. When you read, you gain motivation and the desire to showcase your own expertise. Reading is like a ritual to a writer. This way, an author picks up on the latest language skills used, the various methods of writing (discussed later) and the receptive skills of a reader. This way, an author knows what to tailor for their readers.
2. SET GOALS
Goals are objectives that one intends to fulfill within a particular time frame.
For an author without goals, the process of writing becomes more complicated than it’s supposed to. However, there are some writers who write based on their whims — how they’re feeling at the moment, at the time when inspiration strikes and so on.
It’s not a bad method, but it’s not effective in delivering your best. You need to set your goals right, especially if you’re taking writing as a career.
WHAT SHOULD YOUR GOALS BE?
This is what I mean.
I want to be a best-selling author (achievable) with a considerable earning (realistic) probably over a hundred thousand dollars (specific) within the next five years (timely) and ultimately be a great role model to others (ethical).
Goals can be divided into primary and secondary goals.
Primary goals happen to be the most important that you would want to achieve first. For example, hitting a hundred YouTube subscribers, publishing a book, e.t.c.
Secondary goals are the long-term results once your primary goals are achieved. For example, be a social influencer, start an editing firm, e.t.c
3. MARKET LIKE A BOSS
It’s very easy for you to write a book, have it published and then lack a market for the book. In that case, it stays on bookshelves in retail stores for years and only a few people notice it.
On the other hand, it’s prudent for authors to market and get people buying their books. HOWEVER, I’m not talking about the conventional way of paying for television ads or billboards. You’re an author — not a politician.
THE NEW WAY OF MARKETING
If you’re living in the twenty-first century, then you know that it’s hard to stand out in a flashy world. Other methods of marketing went obsolete as soon as we hit 2007.
SO WHAT’S THE REMEDY?
Yeah, video-marketing. Do you want to know how video marketing works?
Let me sum it up for you:
- claims 80% of the web traffic. This means that most of the people surfing the internet will be drawn to a video more than texts.
- raises email conversions. Try embedding a video to your emails and sending it to your customers as a business booster.
- targets a wider consumer base (over 64%).Who would not want to see a video or a gif? That’s why they’re called viral videos.
- converts 1.8 million words into a single sixty-second video! Just imagine the bearing that would have on written articles such as this!
Now that you know what to use to market your work as an author, why not learn more about how to be a boss at it HERE.
While making a video is a win-win for you, sharing it out to the world is a possible jackpot winner for you.
And what better way to do that than with social media?
There are great social media applications out there you could use to share out your content, your promotions, important messages or even deals and offers and learn how to be a professional writer as you use them.
Instagram, having more than 600 million active users, is the best way to connect with your potential customers and friends. The Instagram Live update that was recently rolled out gives you a great chance to show the public the behind-the-scene work that you do. Grow a personal connection.
Periscope also offers similar live-streaming services but under Twitter’s umbrella. It’s great for checking up with your followers and getting to know what they want — then giving them. This includes writing advice, offers, friendly Q and A sessions and personal queries. After all, it’s not called social media for nothing.
Why don’t you do the same?
Thank you so much for reading this. I will appreciate if you shared it out to enlighten others on these great tips on how to be a professional writer.
Which tip did you fancy? Leave a comment below!
Owen Kariuki is the author of F.R.E.D Teen Detective. Aside from that, he is a freelance blogger and edits/ reviews blogs for free. His RighttoWrite campaign is meant to motivate budding authors to success while helping authors find their niche and market their work professionally.