So You Want A Career In Writing?

Sorry for the lack of blogs, but after a wonderful 2 months off, I am back. A lot has happened since then – the biggest change being that I recently got married! But, you’re not here for updates on my personal life. I imagine you’re here for tips on securing a career writing words – whether it’s sick copy, creative stories or snappy blogs, the key elements to becoming a good writer are always the same.

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A passion for writing

Maybe the most obvious, but there is little point in investing your time and skills in writing if it’s not something you truly love. The novelty will wear off quickly if you’re not dedicated and that will become apparent in your work to the reader. I have always loved anything to do with words since a young age. I used to keep books under my pillow and use a torch to read them when I was meant to be asleep. My mum wrote in my baby book that I would be an author or an editor. English was always my favourite subject at school, and like all language lovers, I am forever correcting spelling, grammar and pronunciation, much to my friends and family’s annoyance. Before I became a writer by trade, I was a writer in my mind. In between my day job, I would write blogs just for fun, chapters for a book I have always wanted to finish and even personal thoughts that I would never dream of showing anyone. And that’s how I knew that writing was something I wanted to do forever.

Practice, practice, practice

Like all skills, whether they are sport, music or language-related, practice is the only way to get better and maintain that ability. You don’t necessarily need to write pages and pages every single day, but my advice would be to do something linguistic-related each day to keep the cogs going in your head. I try to read for at least half an hour before bed every night. But if you’re not much of a book fan, try looking at newspapers, online tabloids or analysing an advert or leaflet you come into contact with. Even flicking through the Screwfix catalogue might give you that inspiration you need. All of this practice will help you become a better writer. 

I studied English Language at university and dreamt of writing as soon as I left, but what I had in terms of qualifications, I lacked in experience. So I decided to write blogs for very little money on a wide variety of topics to build up my portfolio. This is what ultimately helped me land my dream job as a copywriter. 

Challenge yourself

Comfort won’t get you anywhere. If you’re doing something that doesn’t make you feel nervous, excited, scared or a combination of all of the above, you’re probably not reaching your true potential. Writing isn’t supposed to be easy. It’s enjoyable, but it’s hard work and requires research, editing, proofreading and more draft copies than you can imagine. But the end result is always worth it. 

Commit to learning

My favourite thing about writing is you can find inspiration in the most unlikely places. The number of times I’ve gone about my day-to-day life and overheard someone talking or seen a tweet and been inspired to write are countless. Building on the aforementioned, I find that Twitter is a great source of, not only inspiration but, friendship from fellow writers, advice, guidance and tips. 

I certainly would not be the writer I am today without all of the writers I’ve sought advice from, asked questions and poured over their websites for wisdom. Some of my favourite copywriters to name a few are The Word Man, The Content Shed and Ed Callow.

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