How’s business? A common question, right? But, do you consider your writing to be a business?
Many of us do.
I remember when I first started writing, and I discovered the Northern Colorado Writers organization. At a seminar on magazine writing. Kerrie Flanagan, the heart of NCW, was teaching. She was wearing a sweatshirt (don’t know what color—I’m a guy) that had WRITER on it.
If my six-decade-old memory serves, she said she saw it early in her writing journey. Hesitating, she purchased it because she was a WRITER. The symbolism hit home with me.
That session was more than a class on how to submit articles to magazines, at least for me. It was a turning point. The table tents we used for the class had our name and the words “successful writer “on them. Wow, me a successful writer? I was just starting out.
If you go to , my blog about humor in words, check the top of the page. That table tent is my page banner. I wanted everyone (including myself) to know that I am a writer, darn it.
That class was probably three years ago. I feel more successful now than I did then, but I sure have an interesting journey ahead of me. Last month, I took one more step on my writing trek. I joined the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. Yes, Words by Bob is a business. I will be listed along with all other local stores, shops and online enterprises.
Why did I take spend the money to do this? Well, the obvious answer is for networking and exposure. For now, it is to benefit my blogs, and later for me not-yet-written book. Plan ahead, right?
The other reason for joining such a group is that in my mind, it helps me to feel “legit.” No, I don’t just write for myself or to show a few friends. I am a WRITER.
What will take you to the next level so you know you are the real deal?