I’d like to discuss two things that plague a lot of new writers. The first is, when can you call yourself a writer? Should you have a successful blog? Should you be published first? Should you have some type of certification or degree? The answer to all of these, is no. The only thing you need to call yourself a writer, is a pen and paper. If you love to write, and you actively create with your words, you my friend, are a writer. There are millions of writers who are not Stephen King or Clive Barker. That kind of fame and notoriety are not typical. If that is your idea of success, you have a long disappointing career ahead of you.Which leads me to my second question. What does success look like to you? How do you feel right now as a writer? How do you want to feel? Let’s face it, there will always be room for more money and more accolades about something we have written. But, you cannot let money and other people define your idea of success. If you feel good about what you do and are lucky enough that you have the luxury of writing whenever you want, you are not just a successful writer, you are an incredible eminence of writing accomplishment! So keep writing, keep enjoying what you do. Keep telling yourself that you are a successful writer. Go ahead, say it out loud! Tack up some positive affirmations that remind you that you are a brilliant success! If getting paid to write is your dream, there are many ways to get started. Tomorrow we can talk about some steps you can take. Today, you are a success.
Creating a space that you actually want to be in, is essential to your craft. After all, if you do not want to be in your office, how can you expect to get any work done. You can carry your laptop to the park with you, weather permitting. You could also sit in a favorite lawn chair by the pool or on the beach. These surroundings are not always realistic. The writer who works from home does just that, works from home. Your home office doesn’t have to
feel like work, though. Why not create a mini retreat for yourself. A home office that is your sanctuary. When you walk through that door, the world outside of it doesn’t exist. This is where your inspiration comes to life. This where you create. Trust me, it doesn’t need to take a lot of work or money. I converted the walk-in closet off of my bedroom into my office. Behind me, there is a wall of hangers and clothes. Who cares. They’re behind me. I can’t see them when I am at my computer. I keep it neat and organized so there is not the feeling of clutter, and I have ample space for my desk area. There is a corner of the room where I have the doggie bed set up, so even the little hairy guy has a place to nestle. As you can see I have notes, instructions, writing prompts, pictures, and anything else that may inspire me. I savor the cozy cottage ambiance of my home, so I played it up for my writing space. These are just my personal preferences. You can create your space to suit your personal style and needs. Go ahead, give it a try. Turn your home office (or any space) into an inviting area to work from.