I have had dozens of hopeful writers ask me, “y dont ppl take me serious when i say im a writter?”
I don’t need to point out the irony.
When you text, email, post in a message board, blog, instant message, or tweet, use the opportunity to hone your skills.
Use email correspondences to enhance your vocabulary. Use Twitter to perfect your pithy anecdotes. Use text messages to practice word economy. Use message boards to test the most powerful ways to structure a sentence.
Honing your skills is enough of a reason to change your daily writing habits, but there’s an even more important reason: you need to look professional.
Writers have very little expectations when it comes to social and professional expectations. Lawyers need to wear suits and ties to assure potential clients that their own life is in order. Therapists need to refrain from gossiping. Photographers need to scrutinize their Instagram pictures before posting. But writers are lucky! We can wear whatever we want. We can refuse to shave. We can talk to ourselves on the subway or ask random people odd questions. We can get away with these things because they’re expected from creative minds. But there is one major exception: writers need to write well.
If you want to be a professional writer, then present yourself as a professional writer.
This is a simple tip, but the impact can be huge.