Like a pack of baby seals conscious of the ever-pervasive and always hungry predator, writers stick together. One question I often hear is, “How can I make money on my writing?”
My answer is usually the same: build a blog, makes business cards, and network until you bleed.
Then I hear: “Shut up — it’s not that simple.”
I say: “Yes. It is.”
Them: “What can I do?”
Kevin: “Whatever they want.”
They say: “What if I’m not qualified?”
Me: “Can you write?”
Them again: “Do pigeons crap in the winter?”
Me: “Weird question, but yes. Then you’re qualified.”
There are too many obstacles keeping writers from working professionally. The biggest one is insecurity. That’s how it was for me, at least. I had been writing (creatively) since I was 10. Yet, I believed — before I could ever sell my skill — that I needed to be a perfect writer, that I needed to reach some rarefied echelon, some snooty status.
Then I realized: The only way I’d get there is if I started writing. And if I did it all the time.
Then I realized: I didn’t need to be Hemingway to write a business blog. Or advertising copy.
So then: I wrote.
And then I found: Most of my clients couldn’t write a sentence to save their lives. Or they hated the effort it took. Or they just didn’t have the time. Whatever it was, they needed my help for a reason. To them, I was the second coming of Hemingway or (depending on the client) Dr. Seuss. (more…)