I had a wonderful brief chat with the owner of a top-notch marketing firm today and came away with a great deal of clarity about the next step in my writing career.
And the answer is?
Yes, the path to making a living in writing (whether it be journalism, creative, marketing, or technical) is to produce a portfolio of work, build a reputation in the writing community, and establish a network of relationships. In other words, pay your dues. Then, maybe your efforts will pay off and your talent will be discovered.
At first, I felt a measure of disappointment. The prospect of building another career (with no guarantee of income) is rather daunting. But, as I drove along I-65 South, I began to feel liberated. I am confident of my writing ability. Now, instead of dividing my attention between writing and looking for employment, I can devote myself to writing and finding the right avenues for my work.
Free at last. Free at last. Good God almighty I’m free at last.
Of course…. there is a cost to freedom. Fortunately, I have lived simply and not accumulated debt. With the help of family, living expenses are minimal. There may be only a thin safety net, but I trust God will provide if I do my best.
In the meantime, I appreciate your prayers and encouraging words. I already have one project I’m working on and some leads on others.
“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!