Writing can be an enjoyable hobby, a source of part-time income, or a fully-fledged career.
In this section you'll find insights into how to build your writing career, step by step; how to keep
motivated and stop procrastinating; dealing with writer's block; making the most of writers' groups, and how
to submit and market your work.
- Employ Yourself as a Writer
If you're having trouble finding the time to write, join the club. Time management is a huge issue for writers. There is one simple yet very effective trick that can make all the difference in your life.
- Simple Word Processing Tips
These few simple tips on using a word processor can make a big difference to both your productivity and the appearance of your manuscript.
- Writing the Kaizen Way
See your chances of success as a writer increase dramatically when you adopt the principle of "kaizen" - gradual, continual improvements over time. Using the "kaizen" approach can result in a huge leap forward over the next year.
- Create the Writing Life YOU Want
Are you writing what you really want to write... or just what you started out doing years ago? Perhaps things have changed. Will non-fiction suit you better than fiction? Will being a novelist be more fun than being a copywriter? Do you want to write as an enjoyable hobby - or a serious career? Find what's right for YOU.
- Every Result is an Asset
Feeling down at the latest rejection from an editor? After you've slammed a few doors and yelled at the cat, try taking a different perspective on it. What have you learned that will help you take a few more steps forward on your writer's journey?
- Turbo-Charging Your Writing Career
The more effort you put into your writing career, the faster you'll get to where you want to go. These 6 high-yield strategies will see you moving ahead at warp speed.
- Frequently Asked Questions from Writers
Sometimes, authors feel they'll go nuts trying to get all their questions answered. There's so much to learn about this publishing business! Here are the answers to five frequently asked questions: "What is a premise?"; "How do I get the copyright symbol on my computer?"; "How do I fasten my manuscript?"; "How much will I earn from my book?" and "Can I send my work to more than one publisher at a time?"
- Writing IS a Business
Why is it that so many people treat your writing career as "your little hobby" rather than a serious business venture? It could have something to do with the way YOU talk about it and commit to it.
- Should You Do a Writing Course?
Do you need to do a writing course before you can make a sale? Absolutely not... but on the other hand, it MAY be a good idea! Weigh up your own needs carefully before you sign up.
- The Cost of Being a Writer
Any business requires an investment of funds in order to grow. By trying to spend as little as possible on your writing career until you 'make it', you might be stunting your growth as a writer. Will an injection of cash now reap rich rewards much faster?
- Savvy Writing - Go Where the Business Is
Develop your writing career: sell more stories and articles; make more contacts. Go to where the business is... whether you're writing fiction or non-fiction.
- How to Identify Writers' Scams
What is a writer's scam? Essentially, it is an offer that is designed to get money from a writer without providing any real return - that is, something that will advance you in your writing career.
- Never Say Die
"Dear author, thanks for giving us the opportunity to read your manuscript but it does not suit our list. We return it herewith." What? Were they nuts! My kids loved my writing! After countless rejections I began to wonder what I was doing wrong...
- 12 New-Year Tips for Writers
Some people hate setting goals (it seems so corporate!). For some, it's actually even counter-productive - if they set goals and don't achieve them, they feel a depressing sense of failure. So instead, sit back and put your feet up and let your mind wander...
- How To Avoid Tears from Lost Work
If you don't plan for it, you can bet it will happen: somewhere, somehow, sometime, you will experience some sort of computer disaster that means all or part of your hard work is lost. This is what can happen...
- Why Writers Need Copywriting Skills
Why is it a good idea for writers to develop skills in copywriting? Because (a) you can write much more persuasive press releases, back cover blurbs, website copy and brochures for yourself and (b) you can build a whole work-at-home copywriting business if you enjoy it.
- The Aspiring Writer's Checklist
Okay, so you love writing, you've decided it is more than just a hobby for you. You want to write and sell your stories/novels. Here's a handy-dandy check list to see if you're taking all the steps towards publication.
- Professional Development
I am still at my work desk desperately trying to finish a task in ten minutes that I know will take at least five hours. I can do it, I can do it! ... I can't do it! I'll have to come back after the launch. Time.... There is never enough time!
- Work Smarter Not Harder
The focus of this article is earning a living from writing by working smarter, not harder. And while you should certainly take into account the type of writing you enjoy, we're going to focus on the 'working smarter' part - and in particular, on one new strategy that even non-writers are embracing in a big way: creating and selling your own e-book.
- Q and A on Doing a Writing Course
Ann Harth, our columnist on running a home-based writing business, wears several different hats as a writer. One of her income streams comes from being a tutor for a large distance education company. Ann interacts with writers on a daily basis, so I asked her if she'd answer a few questions about doing a course, from her perspective as a tutor. Here are her answers...
- Set Yourself a Challenge
To keep moving forward in your writing career, it's essential that you do two things: (1) Decide what you want to achieve, and (2) Decide when and how you are going to complete each step along the way to getting what you want.