I’ve been writing for myself for a number of years and I would like to turn my passion into paid work. I am hesitant, though, because I’m not sure that I’m good enough. How do I know whether this is the right choice for me and whether I can make it work?
Need a Confidence Boost
Dear Confidence Boost,
If you feel a passion for writing, then you are on the right track by considering doing this type of work. The things that you are drawn to give you clues about what would be a good fit for you.
The concept of being a “good enough” writer, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder (or the reader in this case). Not everyone who reads something you have written is going to like it or appreciate your voice. That doesn’t mean that you aren’t good enough.
If you are waiting for a sign or the day when you feel completely confident in your abilities before you decide whether to pursue writing, you will be disappointed. Take action first and the feeling will follow.
To find out whether you would do well taking direction and working to some else’s instructions, as opposed to just writing for yourself, consider enrolling in a writing course. There is a difference between writing for yourself as a pastime and doing this as a job.
If, after taking the course, you are still interested in breaking into paying writing, you can take the next step and start looking for your first paying gig.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a writer but is sitting on the fence? Share your thoughts in the comments section or ask a question of your own.