There are millions of aspiring writers in the world, but very few ever make it on a professional level. Becoming a writer takes more than good grammar and a few creative ideas. It also takes a lot of sweat equity. There will be countless hours behind the keyboard and many more pounding the streets and knocking on the office door of one publisher after another. You can make it as a professional writer, but there are a few things you need to know ahead of time. Here are a few secrets from professional writers that can help you in your journey.
First, write everyday. This is the cardinal rule of becoming a good writer. Your skills will improve the more you write and if you get out of rhythm, it can take a long time to get back in. Whether you are in the office, at home on the weekends, or on a Caribbean vacation, spend at least five minutes each day writing. If possible, write more than that! Keep a journal if you don’t have an assignment to keep you busy. Just always find a reason to write.
Second, ask great writers how they achieved success. Write a letter to your most admired writers and ask for advice. Many will freely guide you if you just ask the right questions. It is easier to forge the path alone, but you will have more success if you have someone there to guide the way for you.
Third, remember that writing is just the first step. Never publish or submit a first draft no matter what. Even if you are short on time, at least read back through your article or manuscript once. It is so easy to make little errors while you are in a hurry. Great writers know that the actual writing is only one part of the process. Instead, you will need to proofread, make corrections, proof again, etc.