There Has Never Been A Better Time To Be A Writer

by @thewritermama on January 25, 2012 · 13 comments

After attending the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York last weekend, I discovered I am not the only one who feels this way about writing careers right now.

Why is this the best time ever to be a writer?

Because writers have increased choices for how to publish. Because we have increased choices of how and where to seek assistance. Because we have so many easy, inexpensive career-building tools at our fingertips. And because it has never been easier to locate and make the most of everything we need to succeed in the short run and the long run.

What’s missing from this success equation?

Discipline. Focus. Clarity.

Basically, if you don’t have these things, you’re sunk. Just as so many options offer us more, more, more, these same choices can bog us down, make our head’s spin, and turn us into formula-following sheep because it’s easier than thinking for ourselves.

Your writing career comes THROUGH your writing. This means writing goes at the center of your career. Not anything else. Please don’t ever forget this.

As a writing career coach, I recognize the burden of responsibility that comes with the times, especially for writers who have not yet found their writing and publishing momentum. And, of course, that’s why I spent two years writing The Writer’s Workout. (Learn more)

I wanted to start a writing revolution. I wanted all writers to have a shot at the opportunities that are available to writers today, not just veteran writers.

Of course, I can’t leave veteran writers out. There are plenty of tips for veteran writers in TWW for focusing and streamlining your writing career so you can better navigate the new gig economy, as well.

If you are new around here, welcome! There truly has never been a better (and perhaps more challenging) time to be a writer. But we’re up for the challenge, right?

We know how to ground, center, and focus our attention to succeed.

For those of you who attended the Writer’s Digest Conference, if you turn to page 190 of The Writer’s Workout, you’ll find some helpful suggestions for grounding and centering all that you learned at the conference. Any writer can use this tool on any given day to ground and center their attention and start making solid career-building strides.

Thanks for coming by. I’m glad you are here but I don’t want to be your new guru. I just want to offer you helpful resources so you can pick and choose what’s best for you and your creative confidence and go along your merry writing way.

If you live in Portland, Oregon and you would like to hear more about why there has never been a better time to be a writer, I hope you will join us this weekend at the Making It In Tough & Changing Times Mini-Conference. Not too many spaces left though! Contact jessicapage at spiritone dot com for more info or visit Jessica’s website.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1072111805 Susan Morgan

    You’re so right, this is a great time to be in this profession. Technology has certainly helped… today I can compose a blog post with a handheld device sitting on the couch watching TV with the kids. That is an amazing thing… just imagine what the great authors would have down with what we have today…

    Anyhow, thanks for sharing — great post!
    Susan Morgan

  • http://twitter.com/jakesapraxia Jake’s Journey

    Found you on Twitter and I’m so glad because I’m enjoying your posts. You’re giving me hope! I’ve got a Journalism degree and finished up a fictional novel this past summer and sent out 20 queries to agents, only to get 20 prompt rejections. I was going to market myself, but then my 3-year-old got diagnosed in September with apraxia, a speech disorder, so I put my novel on the back burner. I started a blog, however, in December to share speech therapy tips with other parents and I’ve been enjoying it. Maybe I should dust off my novel now and not wait until my little one starts kindergarten. Thanks! 

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  • Anonymous

    I agree! Thanks for commenting, Susan. :)

  • Anonymous

    I agree! Thanks for commenting, Susan. :)

  • Anonymous

    You are very welcome. Thanks for swinging by. :)

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  • http://www.coalition-independent-authors.com/ Sharon

    Thanks for the breathe of fresh air. I have been hearing so much gloom about writing and publishing and marketing. We are in the middle of a quiet revolution “the times they are a changing” but change can be used to our collective and individual good. Sharon

  • Janet

    Boy do I wish I lived in Portland instead of on the opposite side of the country, Pennsylvania!!  Love you blog, and am buying your book today!!  Thanks, and keep it coming, PLEASE!!  You provide hope to countless writers.  Blessings and peace to you.

  • Guest

    Maybe it’s an OK time to be a “writer,” but an “author”? Not in my view. I hate to seem pessimistic but it just seems that the changing market has lowered the threshold for publication so much that there’s no more quality control. The recent success of the (allegedly, for I haven’t read it and certainly won’t) horribly written Fifty Shades of Grey series (my beliefs on the proliferation of smut notwithstanding) are a classic example of this. The popularity of Justin Bieber via YouTube means it’s not a great time to be a musical *artist* either.

    Sorry if it seems I — an unpublished “wannabe” — seem to be going against the grain and siding with the Big Six who I hope to be a client of someday, rather than slotted amid the chaff of abysmal Twilight fanfic that obviously wouldn’t have found a market were it not for point and click “publishing.” Both Spamazon and the Big Six should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done to publishing. The Big Six for hoarding its mass of finances in favor of established “safe bets” and all but shutting the door on future Grishams and Graftons, and Spamazon for opening the floodgates to any Tom, Dick and “Mobi” whose horrendous lot of copypasta gets a million bucks in sales because of the quality of his/her “platform.”

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