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Editor’s Notes: A Deadline is a Deadline for a Reason
I can’t afford to wait for your work. I am on a tight schedule. If there is a problem, I need time to fix it. If you didn’t do a good job, honestly, I’m going to have to rewrite a portion of what you’ve already written. And since you clearly already rushed to turn in your work (late), the chances of there being significant flaws in your product are much higher.
How to Treat a Hobby Like a Job
The problem with “wanting to be a writer” is all in the title. You WANT to do this. The question is, are you willing to put in the time, and the effort – make the necessary sacrifices, within reason – to treat your writing as if you’re getting paid for it, even when you aren’t?
But I Don’t WANT to Make Money Writing!
What’s the motivation to do anything, really, if you’re not interested in selling hundreds of copies of your latest book, or whatever it is you’re trying to market for a profit?
Don’t Undervalue Your Writing
We have to deal with enough disrespect in this profession – we already feel undervalued and under-appreciated too much of the time, doing what we’re trained to and actually, usually, enjoy doing. Don’t treat yourself the same way many other people are already treating you and what you have to offer. You deserve so much better than that.
This is Why You’re Stuck in a Rut
Every writer needs some kind of challenge to keep them going, and you can’t always rely on someone or something else to give that to you. You also have to know how to best challenge yourself.
You Don’t Always Know What You’re Doing Right
Writers, especially those newer to the trade, have the wrong idea about feedback. What people are really looking for is a person who will tell them they are doing a good job – they need someone else to validate their efforts.