If you’ve ever wondered whether you have what it takes to be a writer, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, you’re in good company, joining the ranks of those who have asked themselves the same question and persevered, regardless of the answer.

We write because it’s something we must do.

It’s that unexplainable desire to express our personal truth that moves the pen across the paper and our fingers over the keyboard.

Still, we occasionally hold our thoughts and ideas in check—often questioning our motives and skill. Doubt and fear rise to the surface, and we wonder if we’re good enough, bold enough, or strong enough to take this writing thing to the next level—much less to the pinnacle of success.

In this collection of essays, you’ll read about my personal pursuit to become a writer, and how my naive interest and a few hours of extra time spent considering the possibilities simply wasn’t enough—until I ultimately found the ability and fortitude to become successful.

Yes, there’s often a lot of soul searching involved. Sometimes there are difficult questions to be answered, and a need to commit to the process. Coming to terms with what it really takes to turn the dream of writing into a reality starts with a practical plan to get in the game—and stay there.

If you’re looking for information on the principles of grammar, the nuances of punctuation, or how to handle a dangling participle, you won’t find it here. What you will discover are the realities of writing for a living – including the often unavoidable anxiety and uncertainty that accompanies the decision to send your work into the world, hoping readers find something useful, inspiring, or entertaining.

Here are a few chapters you’ll find in the book …

The Truth and Consequences of the Writing Game

Let Your Creative Juices Flow, Even if It Wakes You Up

13 Clues You’re Maturing as a Writer

A Writer’s Mind Only Thinks About One Thing

How to Find Great Ideas in the Most Unexpected Places

The Dream of Being a Writer is Within Your Reach

The bottom line? If you’re willing to face the challenges—to pour your heart and soul onto the page for anyone who cares to take a look—then this book is for you. I hope you’ll join me in the rewarding journey to becoming a professional writer—no matter what it takes.


Sign up for the Writers Perch Newsletter to get updates on writing tips and techniques, creative strategies for improving your work, and a few ideas for navigating the nuances of the profession.