Writing is a business, especially if you plan to self-publish. You need to start thinking like a business owner as well as a writer. Make time for the various writing tasks the way you would at any other job.That’s if you want to make an income from it, otherwise, write however you want. Or write how you want anyway.
I want to publish my work, but I’m very realistic about how I can’t live on my writing. I love my teaching job and have time for writing, too. It’s like I have two jobs but only get paid for one. Most people who work at home or run a small business from home have the luxury of choosing their hours and managing their own time. But for some, managing their own time is a chore.
Here’s some helpful things to think about when structuring your own schedule to help make the most of your writing and grow it like a business.
- Writing is your main task, so allow blocks of time to get as much done as possible.
- Allow time for things like planning, researching, and finding inspiration.
- Use a calendar to plan and remind yourself of tasks. I use different colours for different tasks.
- If you use social media or blogs to self-promote, think of that as a presentations for potential clients.
- Investing in things like writing books or courses or writing software is no different from investing in a startup company. There are things you need from day one, and things you can save up for as you make more progress. See my “Writing on a Budget” post for more on that.
- Critiquing and sharing your work is like a meeting where you all discuss your current projects and help each other make the best of them.
- Editing can be fun or boring as hell depending on how you approach it. I like to think of it as making sure everyone else is doing their job properly, and if not, you deal with it. I recommend outsourcing to a professional just as some businesses would with aspects out of their skill set.
- You could think of querying agents as offering your fantastic services.
- Then you sell your final product to shops for purchase while keeping up with marketing and designing your next products.
Running a small business can seem like a daunting idea until you realise that it’s just structuring what you enjoy into something you can make money from. Just don’t quit your day job.