Today, I am a writer. I have a laptop, a blog, John Scalzi’s writing advice, and I just received my very own copy of the 2007 Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition. So it’s official, I am a writer. Please start all e-mails and comments with ‘Dear Mr Writer, Sir’.
No, as a matter of fact, I have not written any pieces of consequence. I fail to see how that is relevant. I think that I will join a local writer’s group…you know what, I just did!
In earnest, have you seen the going rates for advertising copy writing? $92/hour average. That’s a day’s take home pay for me. How do you crack into that field?
I’ve been taking baby steps on this journey for the last fives years or so, and I think the time has come to start pressing harder. I’m not sure what this means for me, but I feel confident that I can make a living as a writer. I’m reasonably intelligent and I know how to put words together. From what I hear, that’s 90% of being a successful writer, followed by hard work, a good attitude, and lots of luck.
I expect that is what is this little journal will be, a chronicle of my successes and failures as I follow my dream. Come with me, will you?
In case you were wondering, I’m open to all kinds of writing: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Journalism, Technical, and, of course, Advertising Copy. Wish me luck, and if you want to hire me for a project, even for free, drop me a line.
BTW: Did you see American Idol tonight? Freaking awesome! Finally, a good episode this season.