Being a Writer is a Realistic Career

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Hundreds of thousands of people all across the globe get stuck into writing for a myriad of reasons every day. Some are traditionally published authors, others are self published and there’s also a good group who write scripts hoping for pitch meetings. Writers in all forms are everywhere. And yet, writing is still often being looked at as an unrealistic profession.

Living life in the 2020s has quickly become about achieving what looks like the impossible more so than before and the fact that there’s people that still believe all these creative passions are still nothing more than pipe dreams is kind of insulting. It’s difficult, yes, but not impossible. I’ve broken down my writing process before. Now, especially for the people in the back, I’m going to break down what’s generally involved in any writing process and show just how possible it is.

You Got Your Outline

All writing babies start out as a seed – the outline. Planning everything can be the most joyful part of it. You can let your mind get carried away whether it makes sense in the moment or not. That’s later’s problem. Right now, get the idea of a start, middle and end down on paper. There’s your outline. Possible, right?

Organising Everything

To encourage the birth of your creation, your outline needs to be organised. Strip it down, build it up, do whatever you have to do to get the exact story you want to tell out of it. As an author, this is done in chapters. As a screenwriter, in acts. As a poet, from one poem to the next. Tidying up certainly is possible.

Draft After Draft

You now willed and worked your writing baby into existence in the form of an official 1st draft. However, as we all know, your 1st draft may well be another beginning. This writing baby still needs time to mature. It isn’t what you want it to be just yet, but it will be. Keep writing, completing more drafts until you’re happy enough to call it your final draft.

Congratulations, you now have a fully grown writing baby! Was that so impossible? It’s so much easier to list everything that has to be done, don’t get me wrong, but if it can be broken down, it can be done!

Luck Is Involved

To go from there, I’d be lying if I said you didn’t need a degree of luck. These things really do just happen sometimes. You’ll more than likely be unsuccessful countless times when submitting for competitions, querying, etc., but you only to be successful once with one writing baby. That one success does require some luck but persistence will make a path for it. You will get there.

The days of calling writing, and anything in the realm of creativity, unrealistic as a career choice should be long gone. You’d think enough people have been proven wrong already, but clearly not. I’ll be damned if I’m not going to join in and continue proving how possible it truly is myself.

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11 thoughts on “Being a Writer is a Realistic Career

  1. Hi Dalen. I love the way you write. I can hear your voice.
    I’ll tell you a secret…shh, don’t tell anyone…. I’m a bit of a pantser. Yup…I don’t outline. OMG. Maybe that’s my problem. The thing for me is that the story or whatever book baby it is, lives for months in my Twisted Writer Brain and then falls on the page….then morphs into a two year old making demands to do it his way…and then omg…next rewrite that damn tween shows up….
    Yeah yeah yeah….Thanks for the inspiration my friend.

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    1. I’ve heard of people who don’t outline but I thought they were all just a myth haha I can’t imagine not outlining anything. Your secret is safe with me though πŸ˜… I do like talking about the writing process like it’s a human birth of sorts haha many things that can be said about both work either way. You’re very welcome, I’m glad you enjoyed reading this!

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      1. It is sorta, kinda, well….not really….like giving birth. Nice thing is that you’ve got a nice little book baby that hopefully then lets you sleep through the night.

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  2. Great post, Dalen! πŸ™‚ It’s so true. All it takes is that one big break. You write and publish a book at the right time and the right audience gets a hold of it – and BOOM. Or you pitch agents and 10th one loves your idea. It happens every day. We are the ones who won’t give up. Xx

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    1. It really does happen every day and I still can’t believe some people choose to ignore that. We absolutely won’t give up and we’ll all be living off our writing someday, especially if we help each other when we can. Glad you enjoyed reading this πŸ™‚

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