Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesday’s Writing Tip – You are Your Own Boss

I’m facing some deadlines, still I wanted to give you something to think about. So hang in there. This will be painless, but needs to be said.

WORK is necessary for a writer to become successful.


But have you ever heard this before:

writers hate to write,

but love to have written?

I’m not saying this applies to you or me, but there are some writers for whom this does apply. They are writers who struggle with being their own boss. They let every little distraction take them away from their work. You’ve heard the excuses: the house is dirty, weeds are in the garden, kids need my attention, husband keeps interrupting, I just don’t have time to write, and on and on it goes. Some of these are good excuses. I've used them myself, so I understand. Really I do!

But what some writers forget is...

they are the boss of their writing careers.

It is up to them to set the pace. 

It is up to them to get the product finished. 

And it is up to them to see their dreams come true…or not.

Are you going to dream about being a writer?

Or are you going to work at becoming an author?


  1. Thanks. I needed to read this today. You must be a mind reader :)

  2. Carol,
    I'm glad this helped your day. :)

    The subject was a reminder to me as well. I'm struggling with a synopsis. My boss has been pretty demanding lately. ;)

  3. My writing buddy and I were discussing this last week. We decided we'd better get some goals this summer and review them each week to keep on top of things.

    Thanks Kathi!

  4. Carolyn,
    Goals are a great idea to keep you on track! Try coupling them with a check list and see if that helps as well.

    I'm always setting goals and making lists. I love checking them off one by one. Boring, I know, but simple things make me happy!

  5. Timely reminder! Yes, we are our own bosses! We are the CEO's of our own companies. No slackers allowed!

  6. This is so true! I used to find my mornings tied up with blogging and commenting, but now I save that for later in the day, after my writing tasks are complete. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. So true. With my crazy schedule, it's a battle to find the time for writing - but I love it once I'm doing it!

  8. Karen,
    Yes! We are the CEOs of our own companies. And no slackers are allowed!!! Loved your comments. Now grab a piece of chocolate and get to work. ;)

  9. Julie,
    I understand. Blogging can take up a lot of time. I've had to do what you have, put off blogging until later in the day. And I love blogging so it's good incentive to get my work done.

  10. Jemi,
    Crazy schedules can put a real damper on your story. Hope it doesn't last too long and you can get back to what makes you happy...writing!

  11. Tracy,
    Yeah, for the writing sistahood!

  12. I've learned to write whenever I can. Too much stuff going on. I get up two hours before everyone else, bre a pot of coffe, and that's my time to blog and review my MS. I like to take naps, then stay up late and write write write.

    Stephen Tremp

  13. Stephen,
    I tried getting up early to write for a while, but I couldn't adjust. Wish I could have because the house is so quiet. Keep up the good work!

  14. This is soooo me. I've one novel coming out in the spring another I'm editing, but there's always something, and a new novel too. I swear sometimes I'd rather do the laundry. I mean really? I can't even believe I'm typing it, but it's true. My story is ready. All of the outlining--the hard work is done. Now the words just need to be typed. Yet, I can't DO IT. I stare at the screen. Sheesh!

  15. When writing becomes work I am quitting. I love to write. It is editing that I find hard. But so necessary. The writing though, that must always stay fun :)

  16. Like any form of self-employment, we are in charge of how successful we become. Great reminder. I've owned a few businesses in the past and am treating my writing the same way.

  17. Tabitha,
    Your comment reminds me of a saying, "When you love your job it's never work." Just remember you're the boss. ;)

  18. RaShelle,
    Boy do I know how you feel. Whenever I feel overloaded I take some time off. Then when I come back the words start to flow. If I'm still stuck, I try doing more research, which sometimes sparks something.

    Hang in there! And congrats on the book! Soooo cool.

  19. Terri,
    Good for you! You could probably give us all some tips. :)

  20. I think posting my weekly goals is helping me stay on task. I don't get them all done, but I am moving forward...

  21. Sharon,
    Posting weekly goals is a great idea. I've seen a lot of blogs where they have posted the progress on their WIPs, but posting a weekly goal would certainly make it more concrete. Something worth thinking over. Thanks for the wonderful tip. :)



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