When I worked in Television, selling airtime to advertisers for millions of dollars, or Investment Banking, selling millions of dollars to companies that needed it, or Executive Recruiting, selling people who could generate millions of dollars to global Investment Banks, life was pretty clear. Everything revolved around money. Money talks and when you deal with money, people listen. But then I gave it all up to become a full time writer/author/journalist. My new career paid zero. I went from a world of money to a world of nothing. Why did I do this? Because I had to write.
I wrote in fits and starts for years, while simultaneously raising my children alongside the demands of corporate life. But deep inside, something was left unfulfilled, unengaged and undone. I needed to write more. As it was, I wrote whenever I could. I wrote before the coffee turned on in the morning, while the kids were napping on the weekend, or when I was on a redeye to some merger meeting or media gala. This worked for a while, but as my kids got older and pushed me away from their nest, the yearning to write more and more often continued to plague me. After many heartfelt discussions with my husband, I made the big leap to the life I lead now.
As I reflect on my journey to the place of bliss where I now reside, I realize that I had to go down the money road so that I could better understand how the world worked, what motivated people and, most of all, what made me happy. As a full time writer, I have narrowed down my reflections to five essential lessons that I have learned. These lessons have guided me, helped me to find my writer’s voice, and have made me a successful teller of stories.
5 LESSONS OF A SUCCESSFUL WRITER
§ Write about your life. This process will help you to dig deep into the emotions you will need to pull from in order to engage your audience.
§ Understand that time is the most valuable asset you have, and we all have the same amount of it. Use your time wisely.
§ Be curious. Ask questions. Be interested in other people’s journeys. You will learn from everyone you meet.
§ Write something, no matter how little, every day. It will help you during the times when you wonder if you are really a writer.
§ Reward yourself for small milestones: a finished chapter, an article published, a project completed. The road is long, but the stops along the way can be beautiful.
I have written a business book, a novel, award winning poetry, short stories, songs, articles and blogs. My mind is filled with stories. While my world no longer revolves around money, it’s funny how when you do what you love, the dollars seem to show up anyway.