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Writing is A Great Occupation

Updated on August 26, 2016

Introduction

There are many different fields that an individual can endeavor to enter. One of the most rewarding ambitions is being a writer—a paid writer. Of course it’s great when your family or friends read what you have written and marvel at your skills but what about strangers or people who are not within your “inner circle.”

It’s About Timing

Some people can go through life never really accomplishing much while it may seem that others have grabbed that “brass ring” and found stardom. Yes, you have talent and you can write very interesting prose. However, if no one is reading it but you and your mom is that satisfying enough for you? If you contribute to any type of blog or social media, then the answer is definitely no!

Being at “the right place at the right time” has been the catalyst for many. Whether at a coffee shop or online blogging, it’s important to get just the right amount of exposure to be beneficial. You may have to engage in many different genres before discovering the one that brings your writing desires to fruition. Don’t be afraid of taking risks. You will never learn to swim unless you get into the water. Just don’t forget your life jacket.

Two Kinds of Writers

Basically, there are probably two kinds of writers—those who want to be published and those who do not. The former will be the ones who will take risks and strive to get their book, article or poem the attention it needs to be successful. The latter will write for the sheer pleasure of it. Their goal is just to fulfill an inner desire to put words down on paper (or the computer.)

If you’ve ever watched the series: The Waltons, the main character is a writer. John Walton Jr called John Boy by family and friends. John Boy started out with the irrepressible urge to write. Later, he shared it with family members and friends. It was only a matter of time before he began to send his short stories to magazines for publication. The end of the 5th season found John Boy’s novel being accepted by a New York publishing company. This example shows how writing can evolve from being strictly personal to acquiring a public audience.

Being a Professional

Writing for a magazine or newspaper can be a rewarding career. It can be even better when you can accomplish this in your own desired settings. Imagine sitting on a chaise lounge on the patio sipping the beverage of your choice (for me that would be raspberry iced tea) and writing your weekly contribution. More and more magazines have online versions so you would only need to submit it electronically.

Department stores, bistros and even hospitals have blog writers who inform the public of sales and services as well as educate us in things that are beneficial. If you have enough passion in what you are doing you will find such avenues. However, don’t expect it to come to you—be prepared to systematically research and network. Some establishments are willing to create a job when you can show them the feasibility of such an undertaking. Become a blogger for your local corner grocer—ask him/her if you can write about what is offered and interview some of the regular customers as to why they go there. Who knows how far that will take you!

Final Comments

Think about legends like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Michael Dell. They took their ideas a step further to create an award winning product. You can do the same with your writing! Explore the potential and do your research. If you want to publish that award winning novel—try it out on a friend first to see if it needs any fine tuning. If you can afford it, get a literary agent. If you cannot afford it, contact one of your teachers in high school or college to give it another critique. Then send it out to as many publishers as you can. You may even have to self-publish your first novel.

Donate some copies to your local library. Have your own book signing to promote that novel. It can take an investment of both time and money. There is an old saying that states: “it takes money to make money.” Let your immediate goal be to get exposure. Create a website for your book and make flyers directing people to that site. Talk to the news media to see if they have a public interest department for locals. Again, be visible.

If your desire is to write for an online magazine, why not create a blog about your church or other nonprofit organization. This can serve as your portfolio when approaching your established business. Take risk and don’t be discouraged by the word no. If you have confidence in your writing eventually more will want to read it.

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      Pam Morris 18 months ago from Atlanta Georgia

      Jacqueline, I enjoyed reading this article. It a fascinating and detailed article. I agree totally with you when you said. "Some people can go through life never really accomplishing much while it may seem that others have grabbed that “brass ring” and found stardom." I believe stardom is available to whoever reach out and receive it. Of course, it doesn;t come easy but the determine will get stardom. Yes, writing can be a rewarding occupation as well but it also take commitment and determination.

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      Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS 18 months ago from Memphis

      This is so very true, Pam. Often, we get discouraged when things don't happen right away. But I truly believe that with hard work and determination writing can be both profitable as well as enjoyable. Thanks for your wonderful comments!

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      Amelia Griggs 18 months ago

      Hi Jaqueline, I love this article!!! I absolutely love writing and I have several writing projects in the works. :-)

      I love how you mentioned the Waltons and John Boy. I always remember watching that show as a child and John Boy inspired me. And I really like Richard Thomas (this is unrelated but I love him in the movie The Christmas Secret! It's quite magical.)

      I have 2 short stories published in an anthology book so far and I'm excited to work on more writing projects and getting published. :-)

      Regards,

      Amelia

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      Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS 18 months ago from Memphis

      Thanks for the great comments, Amelia! John Boy definitely had an impact on my writing. I truly enjoyed the love he shared with his family and how he captured it all in his tablets. Good job and best wishes on your short stories! Keep up the good work!

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      Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS 16 months ago from Memphis

      Every occupation has down- time especially this one. That is why creating "prompts" or key starter words is an excellent writing catalyst.

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      Patrick Kamau 15 months ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks for this beautiful and encouraging article. Sometimes writers face a crisis from within themselves when they feel like they are no longer productive. Your points here are valid and very workable to reawaken a writers dream of getting published. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS 15 months ago from Memphis

      We writer, like any other professional, have periods of "burnout". At that particular time it's good to take a sabbatical from our work and just relax and enjoy. I have found my greatest ideas when doing absolutely nothing.

      So glad that the article was useful to you!

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