My advice on becoming a professional writer:It's simple. It's not EASY, understand, but it is simple.
1. Start calling yourself a writer. Slip it into conversation wherever you can. "Hi, I'm Tina, I'm a writer." "Well, as a writer, I think..." "I was writing something the other day as writers do."
2. Commit to other people that you will write specific things by a specific time and then keep your word. THESE PEOPLE MUST NOT BE FRIENDS, THEY MUST BE STRANGERS. OR MOSTLY STRANGERS. Ideally, this would be something intended for publication, at least weblication.
3. Repeat steps 1-2.
I got to thinking that there's probably lots of difficult stuff out there that actually has simple instructions. How to run a marathon, how to run a business, how to cook, how to train a dog.
Here's the challenge/question:
What are three simple steps to doing something difficult that you know how to do?
Use your expertise, make the world stronger, help us all out here.