Writing is a business, period. Sure, it’s our creative release, our artistic genius, but when all is said and done, unless you’re writing solely for your journal most authors have the goal of seeing their works sustain them financially. Even just a little. Most of us have what I call our “fake” jobs, the ones that pay the bills but don’t light us up the way putting fingers to keys, or pen to paper does. If we want to get rid of those big wastes of our creative time, we can’t ignore the business side of our craft. Even if you do get signed with a publisher, there will be work to do on your end. But if you’re a writer who’s done their research (and you better be) you know this already. We self-published authors should know this better than most. So, I want to encourage you not to forget the business side, and when those moments of writers block hit and you’ve just spent the last thirty minutes watching your cursor blink, waiting for inspiration to strike, remember two words: time-management. As a business owner (and you are, your work is your business) there is always something you could be doing instead of sitting there frustrated because your creativity is off today.
I know, I know, they say write every day. I say, work on your dream every day, no matter what that entails. If you’re not feeling inspired, if that paragraph just won’t come, I say, don’t force it. There are about a million other things you could be doing. Get your fan page up. Update it, if only to let your fans know that you’ve got writers block. Maybe they can help give you some tips to get the creative juices going. Jump over to marketing and refresh your knowledge about search engine optimization and keyword tracking. Draft the letter you’re going to send to the agent pitching your story. Head over to Writers Digest and check out the free articles and tips to improve your craft. The Writer Magazine is another great source of inspiration and information too.
Bottom line, as authors we are also our own CEO’s. At some point, we’re going to have to step outside of our creative bubble, and play the business game. In the moments that our creativity has failed us, let’s engage another part of our brain and tackle another aspect of our creation. Our time is precious, and we’ve got a big niche to carve out for ourselves. Your inspiration will return to you, and when it does you’ll be glad you didn’t waste your down time.
DCS is the author of Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening and Synarchy Book 2: The Ascension. When not writing you can listen to her radio show, In The Mind of DCS every Saturday evening at 7pm CST on the Paranormal Soup Network. Currently sucking up the creative energy of New Orleans, she is attending the American Institute of Holistic Theology to earn a PhD in Metaphysical Spirituality while being hard at work at the next book in the Synarchy Series, and an upcoming webisode series called The Fallen. Visit her website at www.themindofdcs.com to learn more.