Anyone can ‘label’ themselves a writer. Of any sort of material. At any time. It's as simple as that. It is not, however, simple to be a serious writer.
While aiming for a successful career in writing, be aware of the reputation you are building and creating for yourself. It is far too easy to accidentally fall into ill repute. it is hard to reel back from it. Undoing certain damages is nearly impossible; rectifying one's self is never easy. What is easy, though, is creating a solid, proficient repute. A successful creative writer will utilize more than one self-marketing method while branding themselves. Remember you are always branding yourself, whether it is intentional or not.
The next handful of actions will help you on your journey.
First, understand that social-networking sites are one of your best friends. The world of writing can be a tough and highly competitive field of work. At times, it can even seem completely cutthroat. You can take advantage of social-networking sites by creating connections worldwide, both quickly and efficiently. Using these types of sites will allow you to better connect with your readers by sharing samples, up-coming news, and links to other works you have created. Utilize all the internet tools; use them to your advantage. Here is a great article on how to use twitter to your advantage: How to Get Noticed on Twitter — 15 Tips for Writers.
Secondly, finding and selecting a specific niche is highly important. I can't stress that enough. In order to find a client who can truly understand the weight of your work, you must excel in a specific field. A niche is a specific area of writing that you consider yourself proficient at composing. Niching down will present you with a better opportunity to prove to clients that you are worth the extra charge per word. And that is why we are all here, am I right? Creating a niche to write in will ensure that you get paid as much as your skill is truly worth. Only you can set the price on how ‘worthy’ your writing is, but your work will always mirror your worth. The quality, presentation, and style all matter, and finding your niche, your comfort zone, will ensure that your quality is always high. Not to mention, when you decide on a niche, It will typically be something you enjoy, therefore you are gaining from it by doing something you actually like. No one wants to work on writing projects that they instantly can’t stand or that bore them into comas. The whole point in becoming a ‘writer’ is to be free and enjoy it!
*Note: Niching down will NOT lower your client count. If your don't find a niche, its hard to target clients, which will land you surfing the entire universe in hopes of catching the prefect client. Make it more manageable! Usually clients are looking for something specific anyway, so don't be afraid to be specific!
Practice Makes Perfect
And lastly, keep on writing! Write away. Enter writing competitions, write random thoughts and journal entries, create short stories using tactics you have learned over time. The more you practice writing, the quicker you will discover success. Unearth uncommon things within your niche, and write about them. It’s as simple as that. In fact, by acting on this, you will be killing two birds with one stone. Not only will you be practicing on key points, you will also be building the arsenal known as your portfolio. Having a portfolio of your works is very important to which direction your reputation will be heading.
Keep up the hard work, and it shall surely prevail! Write on!