If you told me 5 years ago that in 5 years I’d be making a full-time living off of writing I would’ve laughed and said you have lost your mind.
Then I started writing – for whatever reason. And I couldn’t stop. So I kept writing. And Writing… and… well you get the drift.
I wrote scary stories and horror and sci-fi and marketing and anything I could I wrote — except for poetry. I can’t do poetry. (you’re probably wondering how I can write at all if you’ve only ever read my blogs — but alas, I can.)
Then, eventually – I wrote so much that people started to call me a writer. Then… people started to know me as a writer. I wrote on blogs, facebook, Twitter… you name it – the world was my oyster … or platform. Yes, it was my platform – it was my sound box and whether you wanted to read my work or not you probably were.
Then I started to get paid to write for other people and the longer I kept doing it the more people wanted me to write for them and the more I got paid. It got to the point where a $300 day was the norm. I’ve even been paid upwards of $1500 to write a single page for companies. (Yes, this is copywriting) I did freelance journalism (still do) and then I was able to turn down jobs that didn’t pay well.
Then something strange happened. After I was doing this for a while I heard someone telling a friend of theirs in a writers group of all places that you can’t make a 6 figure income from writing unless you’re majorly published or been doing it for 20 years.
I didn’t know this and I’m glad I didn’t know this because I probably would’ve believed her. It’s true, ignorance is bliss. Yes, I write books – no, that’s not where the majority of my income comes from, but I’m getting there.
So how does someone make a 6 figure living from writing? By believing they can and by acting like they already do. I had no idea I couldn’t do it so it never even crossed my mind that I wouldn’t – and so I did.
As for the acting as if you already do? Rule #1. Never ever ever write for free. Your time is valuable and your writing is a gift. The only time I say this is an exception is if you’re doing guest blogs and even then, do so sparingly and only if there’s true return value behind it. I recently stopped guest blogging for a writers blog because 80% of the other guest bloggers were writing junk posts. There was no way that blog was going to grow and bring me viewers so I stopped writing for them. I don’t have the time to baby another persons blog to make sure it’s valuable and neither do you. A millionaires time is said to be worth $250/hr. If you want to be a millionaire, what is your time worth? If you want to be a six figure earner, what is your time worth?
A writer is a business. Treat it like one. If you treat it like a hobby then you’ll make the same income as one.