But not all of us write full-time. Ninety percent of us do not. Jobs, family, or even choice place our writing in the part-time category, and that's okay. Writing isn't a career for everyone who picks up a pen. It's a release, a hobby, a creative enjoyment, but a small percentage of those writing work full-time at it. So why not specialize?
If your time is limited, why not pick a specific piece of the writing world and make it your area of expertise? Here's why:
- You only have to keep up with the news about a small area of writing, not the entire publishing world.
- You follow a smaller number of successful writers . . . only those in your field.
- You read a fewer number of blogs and newsletters.
- You keep up with a smaller number of markets . . . again, only those in your field.
- You develop a keen sense of what the market wants and get to know the players.
- You make the most of a limited number of writing hours.
- You become known for your knowledge or talent more quickly.
Don't feel you have to know it all. Don't envy those doing well in other areas. Pick your spot. Adopt it. Love it. Get to know it well. Then thoroughly enjoy writing part-time.