Once we writers look at the small steps to the full-time career we desire, we see that many of them, such as writing queries or outlining story arcs and writer’s presentations, can be addressed in 10 minute increments through even busy work weeks. Some examples:
- What outlines will we be working from three years from now?
- What’s the geography of our created world, the politics, the magic?
- What’s our word count? Because (see Doing the Math) if a mere 3,000 words a week (A couple of hours of drafting for many writers) drafted to a great outline will get us a couple of 70 000 word books a year, what kind of word count and time count are we looking at for our (let us say) fantasy series goals?
- Will we hire freelance editors to raise the quality of our drafts, or is our work already of such a high calibre that we can trade manuscripts with our colleagues?
Addressing these questions and more like them, taking small incremental steps, we find that when we’re heading straight for our dream. We don’t need the permission of any sort of threshold guardian to set our sails. We live our writers’ lives secure in our choices. We are even perhaps already much closer to that dream shore than we ever thought.
I hope it’s another awesome writing day for you.