The writing life is a hard one, especially when you’re first getting started.
Like, hard hard. If you’re reading this post, then I don’t need to tell you that. You already know all about the disillusionment, frustrated determination, long hours, nighttime projects when you’d rather watch Netflix, and so on.
The good news? It’s such a rewarding one as well.
Whether your goal is to become a freelance writer like me, a blogger talking about food or books, an author or anything else, you will only feel truly happy once you’ve made the commitment to the writing life.
In order to do so fully, though, you’ve got to make sure this life is even for you. Here are seven signs it is.
If you feel like you’re never without an idea, then you’re probably meant to write for a living – or as a serious hobby. Don’t let those ideas burn a hole through your brain when they should instead find their way onto paper or screen!
So many things in life feel like work. Feeding the cat. Making yourself dinner that consists of more than dry cereal. Actually going to work.
Writing, on the other hand, doesn’t feel that way to those of us who truly love it. Sure, it’s not necessarily easy to sit down to the keyboard – but true writers find that once they do, those words just flow. Is that you? Then you’re meant for this life.
One caveat: If you do it full time, it will eventually. But most of the time, if writing feels like a dream and an escape from the rest of your life, then you’re truly meant to do it.
Do others trust you as a writer? Do they come to you seeking ideas, advice and editing? You’ve got it in your blood, my friend. Don’t deny that clarion call.
No brand can get by without words, and words are often the foundation of any brand. If you’re curious about/obsessed with branding, that’s a good sign you like words themselves. Many people find they gravitate toward this kind of work in their day jobs, but wish they could bring it to their own pursuits. You can, especially if you start a copywriting career. (See link below.)
This probably seems obvious, but if you’ve always found success in writing and related projects, that’s a sign. Doesn’t matter if we’re talking about a science paper, thank you notes, a work report or anything else. If what you produce feels good and gets love, the writing life would likely suit you just fine.
Want to be an author? Then you need to adopt the writer’s life first.
This last one is the most telling. If, no matter what you do, you can’t stop thinking about living the writing life, then you’ve basically no choice but to give it a shot.
Will it challenge you? Yes. Will you sometimes want to cry/break things? Of course. Are you going to do it anyway? I sure as hell hope so, because you deserve it.
Need a little help or motivation? Try your luck here. In the meantime, I wish you the very best finding your perfect creative life!
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