Maybe you dreamed for years before becoming a professional writer. Maybe you’re still dreaming, trying to work up the courage to take that mighty leap.
Once you do, you immediately find out that the dream of writing for a living tends to collide with the nightmare of meeting your deadlines.
Not to mention keeping track of multiple projects, leaving enough time to produce quality work, making time to do your own marketing, and remembering to actually invoice your clients.
It’s one thing to write for your own enjoyment, when you feel you have something to say.
But professional writers need to layer on another set of skills.
When we think of terrific professional writers, we usually think of abilities like a beautiful writing voice and a superb grasp of strategy. And those are both important.
There’s also a trait you might not think about as often — and clients are desperate to find it.