I have never really thought of writing as my job. I am a mom, and have always seen that as my "job" and writing as my outlet.
Because it is my outlet I have gone along for the last couple of years, writing when I feel like it, stopping when I don't. Moving from project to project working here and there. As a result, I have 3 finished novels, 1 half finished novel, 1 almost finished novel, 2 half finished screenplays, 1 finished short screenplay, 1 half finished web series and 10 not even begun novels. All in all I think I have done a lot in the last three years. But I am at the point where I feel I need to be doing more to finish my works and get them out there.
I recently came across a mini webseries called:
A Business Plan for Self-Published Authors by Denise Grover Swank
This webseries has been a real eye opener to me. I never once thought of actually sitting down and figuring out a Business Plan for me as a writer. But Denise so nicely lays out what to do and where to get the information, that I am seriously considering writing a Business Plan for my writing. Not just so I can have a goal of what I need to be focusing on, but so I can start taking my writing to the next level and get it from the "Outlet" point to the actual "profession" point.
I am still a mother first and foremost, but I also have come to the realization that I need to be a writer as well. I have so many ideas, stories, characters and places running around in my head that are begging to be put down on paper, that I have to do them the justice of giving them life.
I am what I consider a creative type. I am disorganized to the outside observer, flighty, moving from thing to thing and place to place often, eccentric, and loud. But I need to also rein myself in and start to focus and get a plan together so I can get more finished on a yearly basis.
Hope the series helps you too!