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The Writer’s Life: Relationship Check

couplesmallIf we’ve got a great relationship with time, then we’re a long way towards developing a wonderful relationship with our work as well.

Of course, we all experience time constraints.  But look at it this way:  as with romance, time constraints in writing can add to the excitement of the relationship.  It’s like meeting a lover for a  precious fifteen minutes during the day.  We’re not going to be reading our emails as a delaying tactic then.

 If we’re dragging our feet to sit down with our work, then we want to take a look at our attitude to the relationship.  (I won’t get into whether to stay in the relationship, because we love writing with heart and soul or we’re not reading these words).

  • Check our outlines—does a scene or a character need planning?
  • Visit the big dream.
  • Smile at our visions.

Just get started sounds cold, but only if we’re dreading the task. If we love writing, then just get started writing is an invitation we won’t want to refuse.

Like your own true love saying, Just come on over here.

penandinkpotHave another brilliant writing day.



Doing the Math For Your Writing Career

If you want to lead a full-time writing career in your full-time life, consider the happy twotwentytwosmallmathematics of writing books.

Writers talk about books taking six months or a year.  Or indeed years.  And of course any profession will fill the entire time you give it, including every hour of the day, if you allow it to schedule you instead of the other way around.

If you step back and look at the time it takes you to write, rather than the time it takes a book to get itself written, you find that you can probably write about a thousand to fifteen hundred words an hour or two, so long as you know what you’re going to write.

You’re going to be outlining, revising, polishing and planning your marketing strategies during the week, but unlike drafting, these can easily be done in smaller time frames.

Posit that those fifteen hundred words are based on a good outline, then they will become part of your book. If you write twice a week for an hour or two, then, you have three thousand words.  (Mind you, if you are happy to take five hours to compose a perfect paragraph, then carry on and don’t mind me.)  If you have three thousand words a week, and you use the best part of those words, then you have two short novels or one long novel a year.

There’s more to a writing career than writing your story, of course, but that is a necessary basic:  having fantastic books to build your career upon.

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