The journey of 1000 miles
begins with a single step
. . . and a yes
The Great Wall does go on...
So I’ll keep it brief.
Begin as a proofreader, then editorial assistant (write occasionally), then editor (write more).
Jump into nonprofit marketing as newspapers collapse. Engage readers with ad copy about products and programs and people. When asked to teach a writing class, say yes.
Fold in copyediting's exacting efforts on behalf of spelling, grammar, punctuation, usage, and style, while finding your way around the American Psychological Association's rigorous rules and regulations.
Reflect the rhythm of their voice, not yours. Unless it is your voice and your story, in which case — let it rip.