Tuesday, July 7, 2009

How to Make a Living as a Writer

Over the course of time, I've had people ask me how they can make a living with their writing. I know several self-published and traditionally published authors who successfully make writing their career. When I have asked them for the keys to success, they often say, "diligence". They also say "time". This would be both time spent writing and periods of time building a "platform".
Novelist Nora Roberts has one cardinal rule for writers who want to make a living. Here is my paraphrase of it: Seat your daire aire in the chair.
As one growing into the professional writer role with much yet to learn, I am not without opinion on the topic.
As for me, I think you have to be humble enough to try every kind of writing--even the genres that don't appeal to you initially. I never thought magazine writing would interest me until I gave it a shot. Now I love it. I have other goals and dreams as a writer and I know that in the "write" time, I will make a living with my art. Because I'm not an expert and there are many who are, I will defer to someone else for more proven advice.
Here are a few tips from Laura Turner.


BeckyJoie said...

Oh, and if you have tips on Writing for a Living, please don't forget to leave some here. Thank you.

Rich and JoJo Tabares said...

There are many ways to make a living as a writer and there are many definitions of making a living as a writer as well. Depends upon how much you need to make ends meet and what opportunities God blesses you with.

I know authors with agents who are traditionally published and earn a great living that way. I know some who only need a little extra and do very well by writing freelance articles once in a while.

You can also self publish, write for online venues and you can be a speaker on the topic you write about or to advertise your books.

You can write poems, short stories, novels, how to books, devotionals or ad copy, press releases and website text.

BeckyJoie said...

Great ideas. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

You are write. writeous! good post Beck

Terri Tiffany said...

So right! You just need to be willing to write a lot and try everything!

LA Nickers said...

Just write on! ;-)

Damaria Senne said...

here are my tips: develop a plan based on:
- What kind of projects do you do largely to pay bills?
- What kind of writing / subjects do you like and want to do more of? Many writers have found that the more they write about a subject/in some kind of medium, the easier it becomes, which means the faster you will be able to do it and earn more money.
- What kind of projects can help you take your writing to the next level, maybe even push your pay rate a bit higher?

AmberInGlass said...

These are some good tips. Thanks for sharing!