1. Actually write. Don’t just think about it.
2. Get over the idea that to call yourself a writer you need to be a published writer; if you write you are a writer.
3. Make sure other people take you seriously. If you study door is shut it means you’re busy and shouldn’t be disturbed. Don’t have a study? Then lap-top open or pen in hand and note-book open also mean you’re busy and shouldn’t be disturbed. Use your lap-top for other activities where you don’t mind a disturbance? Then invent a signal that means you mustn’t be disturbed. Wear a red scarf, put a grumpy teddy on the table or have your ‘I Am a Writer’ mug to hand
4. Get yourself an ‘I Am a Writer’ mug made.
5. If the day job is still 100% necessary use the word ‘and’. ‘I am a mum and a writer.’ ‘I am a soldier and a writer.’ ‘I am a dentist and a writer.’ Occasionally put it the other way round: ‘I am a writer and a dad.’ ‘I am a writer and a PA.’
6. Read, read, read but read like a writer. If this book is good, what makes it good?
7. Learn to love pens and notebooks – but try to stop people giving them as gifts – you’ll get too many and they probably won’t be quite the right sort.
8. Find your tribe- find other writers and see yourself and assert yourself as one of them.
9. Go to other writers’ events – as a peer.
10. Learn from others, prepare to share what you know but in the end make your own mind up about everything.