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Writing is a Business

Cheryl's Musings: Writing is a Business

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Writing is a Business

Writing is a business: bold statement of obvious fact? Not for me. I tend to forget that little detail, even though it should be informing daily choices of how I spend my time. After all, I started writing because...well...that's who I am. I make up stories and play with words. I write.

But nowadays, being a writer has become a bit more complicated. If I want to, say, get paid for doing what I love (and I do) I need to do more than play with words. I need to take on projects that pay short-term to fund my longer-term work. I need to send out invoices. I need to pay attention to whether those invoices are getting paid. Weird, huh?

Needless to say, this is not my favorite part of being a writer.

Occasionally, I check out self-help books about the business side of writing. (The Organized Writer, Creative Impulses, Julie Morganstern's Organizing from the Inside Out and Time Management from the Inside Out are a few favorites). These books all offer helpful tips and advice, whether you're just starting in the field or need a fresh dose of organizational inspiration.

Unfortunately, none of these books substitute for actually doing the work. Even writing about filing hasn't made a dent in my to-be-filed folder. Sigh.

Guess I have to go do the work....

:) Cheryl

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At February 22, 2009 at 12:26 PM , Blogger Tia Nevitt said...

Hello. One of my "followers" at Fantasy Debut also follows your site, so I thought I'd take a look.

I also have done freelance writing, and I miss the paychecks. I love it--all the research and everything. What I didn't like was the "on spec" nature of what I was doing. But sometimes, that's what you gotta do.

It is hard to shove that novel aside and do something more . . . commercial. But the money is a heck of a lot better, isn't it? :)

At February 23, 2009 at 9:26 AM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

Hi Tia,

Thanks for stopping by. It's good to hear I'm not the only one who has trouble balancing the needs for income and creative expression! Today I get to be creative, though: novel, here I come!



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