Professional Writer Spotlight: Patricia Markham, Marketing and Practice Development Manager, Bricker & Eckler LLP

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” – Richard Bach.

Many aspiring authors are under the impression that becoming a professional writer is considered “selling out” or “materialistic,” but this could not be further from the truth. Working as a professional writer can be a way to keep your writing sharp and earn a living. The challenge is keeping the passion alive by finding the extra time to write stories that a writer is truly passionate about.

Patricia Markham is an energetic, detail-oriented, and driven individual. As the marketing and practice development manager at Bricker & Eckler LLP, a full-services law firm, Patti is a true professional writer and a workhorse. Her past jobs at Cochran Public Relations, The Buckeye Ranch, and OhioHealth have given her a wealth of knowledge in a variety of fields.

However, if you were to ask Patti about what inspired her to pursue a career in professional writing, you might be a little surprised. From the time she was in high school, Patti wanted to become a writer, but not a communications or business writer. Her dream was to become a novelist and to write books. She admits, “I am the typical frustrated writer who believes that someday I will actually write a book.”

It is not an unfamiliar story. Many aspiring writers share Patti’s dream of becoming an author. But becoming an author is no easy task; according to an article from the Huffington Post, less than two percent of manuscripts get published. At some point, like many aspiring creative writers, Patti decided it would be better to use her writing talents in the business world – where good writing is always needed. But this has not stopped her from trying to realize her dream.

In fact, she has found ways to keep her creative juices flowing while paying the bills. For instance, she thinks of story ideas while driving home from work in her car. It is Patti’s passion for writing and her dreams which should be inspiring to aspiring authors. She has even finished writing a children’s book that is based off the dreams of her young daughter.

Just as Patti is still in pursuit of her dreams, imagining book ideas on her car ride home, aspiring authors can work as professional writers without giving up on their dreams. So, as an aspiring author, know that it is never too late to pursue your passion and to not be afraid to try new things. Just think of Patti when you question your passion for writing because those who never give up on their dreams are the ones who usually end up succeeding.


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