How to Become a Writer As a Second Career

When you consider being a writer, it is difficult to know where to begin. If you haven’t been a writer before can you use that experience and expertise to find writing jobs? Learning to be a writer can be confusing and difficult. If you follow the concepts shared in this article you will have a good head start.

1. Understand your rationale and how successful you want to be.

Once you decide to make time to write, you have to set aside time to do so. Start setting aside time to write for two to four hours at a time. You don’t have to spend countless hours writing unless it is in your nature to do so. However, you should be consistent in setting aside time to complete your writing. If you are serious about writing professionally then there are some important steps to take.

2. Learn about all the different types of writing

What type of writing are you interested in? Do you want to write fiction, nonfiction, long stories, short stories, books, blogs, articles, newsletters or social media. One of the best ways to discover different types of writing prospects is to read. Read within your genre, outside of your genre, find types that you like, and learn from reading others. You should also practice editing other people’s content. Editing other subjects is extremely helpful for one important reason. You can pick up on new ways to write.

3. Look for ways to write at your current job

One of the principal barriers for people interested in writing is finding those first writing assignments. If you can find a reason to write in your current job, ask for it. The best part about this tactic is you don’t have to hunt for a writing job. If you can add it to your current role, you’ll get paid for it and gain writing experience.

4. Use your career know-how

If you’re trying to use your career experience to land writing jobs, become an expert and brand yourself as such. I was hired as a writer because of my work in career development and job search advice. Kristen was hired as a writer because of her knowledge of health coaching and massage therapy. And, in addition to creative writing, Angela reviews books and peer-reviews articles for journals because of her experience as a librarian.

If you want to use your career experience to become a writer, you should become an expert in the field in which you work and become known as one. An expert is a person who has extraordinary skill or knowledge in a particular field. They are generally seen as either a specialist or someone with authority. Once you get a few of these assignments completed, more opportunities will pop up. Having genuine writing skills is only one part of becoming a writer.

5. Build your network and brand yourself as a writer

Building your network is important, but you also need to let that network know you’re available as a writer. Each of your social media profiles should mention something about you as a writer. Use LinkedIn,, Facebook or an online portfolio to present your previous and current work, whether paid or unpaid. You should also look into determining the correct rates for your work.

6. Search for writing jobs

This is probably the most apparent tip, but if you want to be hired as a writer look for writing jobs. Reach out to your industry’s professional organizations and see if they need guest bloggers, or become engaged in some of their local activities. If you’re posing as a writer within a certain industry, look for writing jobs within that vocation. Many great niche sites can help you find freelance or part-time writing jobs. There are opportunities available.

When searching job boards, enlarge your search keywords to include job titles such as copywriter, research writer, community manager, reporter, editor, content writer, freelance contributor, blogger, journalist and guide.

Your previous knowledge is important

If you’ve decided you want to be a writer, you don’t need to quit your job. Instead, use your expertise and knowledge to help you find writing jobs. Start writing to polish your voice, grow your network and brand yourself as a writer, and apply for writing jobs. First and foremost, realize that your career at this time isn’t a waste – it’s an asset.

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