What is your main challenge when it comes to being a writer?What is your main challenge when it comes to earning a living as a writer?
These are two completely different questions, yet each is as important as the other if you intend on making a buck as a writer. You should be asking yourself these questions annually, then make the proper adjustments in your next year's professional development plan and business plan. Yes, you should have two plans as a writer.
Challenge of Being a Writer
Make a list of your shortcomings as a writer. Do NOT make them general or they mean nothing. If you aren't sure what your flaws are, then speak to other writers who know your work, or join a critique group either online or in person. In fiction I know that mine are transitions and a fear of the past perfect verb. I balk at too much conflict, then have to go back and insert more, and more, then more again. An editor had to tell me the first two. My online critique group taught me the other. So I intend to ask my critique groups to watch for these flaws in 2012. In my nonfiction, I tend to write fast and fumble with my point. As a result, I've worked hard at making hard, sharp points which means I, again, shortcut transitions. So I intend to focus on that flaw by sleeping on my work more, and reading it aloud to someone. In other words, slowing down and paying more attention to detail. Again, more critique group help and more proofing.
Challenge of Earning a Living as a Writer
I've shifted a bit more toward fiction in the last two years. Fiction, however, doesn't earn much of a living for writers. As a result, my income is down. In 2012, I need to define fiction and nonfiction time each day, while now I tend to write what I feel like writing. And in that pursuit of an income, I hope to prepare a nonfiction book, maybe a course, and a couple of e-books. By the end of the year, once I place dates on conferences and a few small book tours, I'll assign benchmark and final dates to these goals.
Like any entrepreneur, we love seeing our accomplishments. However, we need more emphasis placed on improvement or we cease to grow, and even become stagnant. If you intend to earn income as a writer, full-time or part-time, answer the questions posted below. Feel free to share with others on this blog.
What is your main challenge when it comes to being a writer?
What is your main challenge when it comes to earning a living as a writer?