Ask Jules: On Chasing Your Dreams
Often when we look at a personal or career goal it seems the hardest part is getting started. It’s difficult not to get stuck focusing on the obstacles in our way. I believe it’s essential to redirect our energy into finding a way under or around those roadblocks. I forwarded this email from Elena to my friend Allie Kingsley, a writer who overcame her own obstacles to get to where she is today. Hopefully it inspires more than a few of you aspiring wordsmiths out there!
My name is Elena. Ever since I was 13, my English teacher inspired and motivated me to write. While I was extremely nervous at first to share my personal thoughts, she reassured me. That stuck with me even today at 24. My question is, how do I get started?
I would love to make this passion of mine into a career. A slight set back is finances, which I’m sure is an issue for a lot of other people, too. I have to say I enjoy learning through hands-on experiences.
Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Not long ago, I was in the same position as you! I loved writing more than anything, but didn’t know how to turn that passion into an actual career. I also didn’t have the luxury of financial support to fund these aspirations, so I had to get creative.
The wonderful thing about writing is it doesn’t require anything but time to do it. Musicians require instruments and painters need a canvas, but to write, you just need what’s already within you. The most important thing you can do now is start building a portfolio of your work because you’ll need to have samples of your writing available in order to get jobs. I suggest you start by building a blog — WIX allows you to build a site for free!
Treat this blog like an actual job — schedule time every day or at least every other day to write about something you feel strongly about. Don’t focus on how many visitors you do (or don’t) have. That’s not important. The important thing is you’re developing your voice and creating a collection of your work. Once you have a significant amount of articles or stories up start sending them to the editors of websites, blogs, or magazines you enjoy.
Hello Giggles gave me my first shot when they started publishing my stories. It was the greatest feeling ever, not to mention the best hands-on experience I could have asked for. One thing led to another and I began getting small writing jobs, which led to big-ish writing jobs, and eventually to my dream writing jobs! If I did it you can certainly do it, too!
Looking forward to reading your work!