How are you using your writing time in your writer’s business? Do you plan out a specific time of day that you’ll write no matter what? Or do you put it off and figure you’ll get to it when you get to it.
What way do you think will help you finish a book the most?
I hope you said the planned writer. Because if you desire to be a full-time writer one day, the only way is to write. And write some more.
You know that it’ll take more than one book to make you a writer. Or if you’d like to write when you get called to it, you can do that. But that is a hobbyist. Like anything else, it takes more than one time to be successful. That also goes for being an author.
What will build you as a writer is to write. You need words on a word document. And to make you into a writer faster, you need to write a book after book. Readers like to see that they have more than one book from you, especially if it’s a good book.
And practice makes you a better writer. Plus, keeping at it will help you not to lose your grove. Staying in the writing game will polish you. It can’t get more comfortable if you don’t put in the effort.
It’s A Job
To be a writer, you have to think of it as a job. Even if this is something that you’re doing on the side, like any entrepreneur, you can’t build a business unless you put in the work.
Be diligent in putting aside a schedule to write and stick to it. Pick how many words you are going to write in that time. For me, I do 1000 because it’s doable and doesn’t make me feel too overwhelmed. It’s a good number to get started with. I don’t quit until I have 1000 words in. And if there is a day you can’t make it to your writing desk, make them up the next day. But you only get to do that on occasion.
Make It A Habit
Like any job, you get up at a particular time, and you carve out a schedule to get to work on time. It’s the same with writing this book. You carve out a plan in your day. If you are a weekend writer, as I said here, you must be even more disciplined to make yourself sit down and get the words in.
I know sometimes it isn’t possible to write every day, but when you do, it’s easier to get the words in because you’re still in the story.
So if you are a weekend writer, make sure you still practice the habit of writing. Pick the number of words that you want to write and stick to it no matter what.
Writing takes discipline, especially if you are a self-published author. You don’t have a publisher or editor breathing down your neck. And your ego is going to tell you that you don’t have to worry. However, the only way to write a book is to do the work.
The book won’t write itself. Kick your ego to the curb and take control of it. Make it know that you want this, and you won’t give up. Sooner or later, it’ll get on board with you too. However, it’ll still have hissy fits.
You always hear about why. Writing is no different. Dig deep and discover why you want to be a writer. It isn’t for the easy life, right? You know that writing can be harder than the job you are at now.
Your mindset will mess with you all the time. Mindset is the one thing that will give you the courage to go on when you think your writing is crap. All writers struggle with that.
If you know your why it’ll be of help for you when you want to throw in the towel. So get a strong enough why to anchor you.
The Writer’s Business
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you aren’t in business because it’d be easy to believe that it won’t matter if you get published. With self-publishing, you can be the writer that you dream of being. However, you have to write a lot of books. One book isn’t enough. You must follow it up with several more.
That is why it’s essential to treat your writing career as a business.
Use A Day Planner
The best way to make headway in your writing is to schedule it. Use a planner or make up a planner and plan your day. And stick to it. Decide when you’re going to do this and fit everything else in your day around it. This way, if you know you have a dentist’s appointment, you’ll make your writing schedule around that.
You may decide to write at the same time every day. That is fine, but still, have a target word count you want to hit in that allotted time.
The bottom line is that if you want to be an author in whatever capacity, you have to treat it like a business first. And if this was your writer’s business, you need to sustain that business. You want to see your book on Amazon, and it’s so possible in this day and age. So don’t squander your time away. You can start at any age, but it’s up to you to do this. Put in the time and the dedication to make the dream of being a writer happen.
Do you schedule your writing time? Do you treat it as a writer’s business? Be sure to drop a comment below and let me also know if this has helped you, like, and subscribe to my email list to get more tips and tricks as well as when I post the next article.