So you love to write, you think you have a talent and you want to make this craft your career. Now what? Making writing a career takes a lot of discipline and focus. For six years writing was my part-time career. I thought it would be easy to make that switch to full-time writer but it wasn’t. I learned quickly the importance and value of a routine.
Being a writer comes with many challenges. First, you’re your own boss. Now this may sound wonderful but it means that no one is there to make you do your work. Even when you have an agent and/or publisher, you are still the person you face each day that needs motivation and drive to meet deadlines. Procrastination via reading, watching television or giving into any other fun activities are temptations constantly present. So how can you tackle procrastination and other negative factors to become a serious career writer? You must have a strict routine. Here are some tips to get you on a successful routine.
Get to “work” early and at a consistent time. You may not have a traditional job but you still must wake up early and go to work. I believe having a set workspace is crucial to becoming a career writer. I turned my third bedroom into an office. Do not sleep late and get to your “office” when you feel like it. In a traditional job that would get you fired, in a writing career that behavior will keep you from being successful.
Create a weekly schedule for work goals. For example, I have a blog and freelance columns. I have set days and times that I devote to these scheduled activities. I publish this blog every Wednesday and Friday. I publish my Special Needs Dog Care Examiner column every Tuesday and Thursday. In keeping this schedule I can help manage my time with these projects to make sure they get done without taking too much time away from my “big picture” goals, my books. I typically write all my blogs and columns on Sunday evening so that all I’ll need to do on the day of is revise and publish.
Prioritize your writing goals. As a freelance writer, it’s easy to get wrapped up in freelance projects that are bringing in money, and lose sight of main goals. To keep my priorities in check, I schedule freelance writing time and book writing time.
Take yourself seriously. You are the only person that can keep you from meeting your goals as a career writer. You also know yourself better than anyone. Set a routine that will work for you and STICK WITH IT!!!!!
What routines work for you? How did you create your routine?