What does it take to call yourself a professional writer? Does it have anything to do with the time you spend writing … or with the number of clients you have? Not really. It’s all about a change in mindset, and the decision to turn this “writing hobby” into a profession and a business.
This week’s guest writer, Annie Beth Donahue, shares the journey to making that shift in mindset, and the transformation that she’s been through during the past year.
Those two words are powerful. Anything we place after them names or describes us. And the words we choose reveal what we think about ourselves.
For years, if you had asked me about my writing, I would have answered with, “I write.” Blog posts, poetry, newspaper articles – I write those things.
Even after self-publishing my first children’s book, if called “a writer,” I would most likely have responded with, “Yes, I do write.”
For some reason, the bit of money I made from book sales and local publications was not yet validating. Until one day I sat down with another writer friend, Vanessa Infanzon, and was introduced to Gina Horkey’s 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success.
The course immediately appealed to me. The step-by-step process of forming an official writing business with a personal brand and a web page was clear.
The action items were simple, but not necessarily easy. They required a shift in mindset. You had to go from being someone who writes to being a writer.