Sunday, October 7, 2012

Is Writing Your Business?

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!

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