Today is my birthday. It’s causing me to ponder life, or at least mine. As I mentioned before, 2013 is about me getting serious about writing. We’ve all heard that expression that most of the job is just showing up. If your job is in your house, that may not work out as well. So what does that mean really? What habits do I need to change in order to make this come to pass?
Some people get up in the morning, toss on an outfit like they’re going into “the office,” to keep them on track and focused. They rise with the roosters, shower, break their fast, pour their coffee and get on with their day. These people are probably Type A personalities who would not hang out with me. (I’d get on their nerves so hard.) This approach isn’t for me, but it does kind of illustrate what I’ve been thinking about. How do I make the full transition from being an amateur freelance writer to professional freelancer?
The only way to be successful as a writer that I’ve read across the board is to be professional. What does that mean to me?
- Meet deadlines. So even if I make mistakes, I have to learn from that.
- Be consistent. No more waiting for the museto strike. I have to coax her out of hiding with her favorite brand of malt liquor and Marlboros. (My muse is a heavy smoker and drinker, so I have to get as much out of her as possible before she falls out.)
- Don’t be afraid to step out of my comfort zone. I’m going to attempt some things in 2013 that I think I can do, but haven’t attempted yet. Stay tuned, I’m sure I’ll tell you all about it. Spoiler alert: It’s not stripping.
- Don’t get frustrated and give up: The perfect career is not going to happen overnight, much like weight loss and being caught in a hotel room filled with formaldehyde, empty bottles of Wild Turkey, mounds of coke and a few dead hookers. You gotta work up to it.
- Take it on the road: I’m going to become a regular at some sweet coffee shop, where I visit for my daily cup of dirty chai and to claim a table in the back corner. Also joining a writer association, more professional web sites, etc for networking purposes is also on my horizon.
I think this is a pretty solid start. How do you keep it professional in your job, whatever it may be. Got any tips for me? Ok, it’s time to go enjoy myself. Wow, it feels great to be 21 again. (wait, what?)