The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
One of the first hurdles for new writers who want to begin a writing career is creating a schedule. It can be daunting to figure out how you can find the time if you are in the midst of raising a family or working full time. Even if you are retired, life can still be busy. Some of my retired friends say they're busier!
Writing is creative and I write when I'm inspired. When an idea hits, I love to let the words flow. It's incredibly fulfilling.
But if I wanted to be serious about my writing career, I had to tap into the logical function of my brain and make a schedule. Otherwise, I would have many unfinished projects laying around.
You may have a book burning inside of you. Keep that long term goal but consider one or two short term goals to gain practice, improve your skills, and make money. Magazine fillers, articles, and resumes are some ideas.
Once your writing goals are in place for the year, create a plan to meet those goals. Your writing schedule will make those objectives happen.
- Are you a night owl? Morning person? Once you've figured out the best time to write, make the time. An hour every morning? Two hours each night? If you cannot write every day, choose specific days of the week and stick to it.
There will be times you don't feel like writing. This is normal. But
keep in mind this great tip: never miss twice. If you skip your scheduled
time of writing, don't skip the next one.
Don't be afraid to adjust your schedule if it isn't working. Better to start small and gradually build than to over extend yourself and give up.
- Your writing time should have no interruptions. Turn off your phone, log out of your email, and write. Treat it as business because that's exactly what it is.
When you begin producing, you will feel good about yourself and keep
- Build an online presence. What are your interests? Write about it in a blog. Network with others in your niche. Visit blogs and leave thoughtful comments. Soon you will build your own audience.
- Check online job boards for freelance work. Make it a point to schedule this time in so you will always have a project you are working on.
- Don't forget to schedule time to learn new skills. There are writers' groups and many free and affordable courses available available online.
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After raising and homeschooling her 8 children and teaching art classes for 10 years, Kathy has found time to pursue freelance writing. She enjoys writing magazine articles and more recently had her story, "One of a Kind", published in The Kids' Ark. You can find her passion to bring encouragement and hope to people of all ages at When It Hurts - http://kathleenmoulton.com