Writing Time, Part 79. Setting Goals, Dreaming Lifestyles

Here’s a question for a writer: What does the ideal day, week, year in a writing career look like?

 A friend of mine, a wise and lovely woman, filled to the gills with integrity, and inspiring to all, says Think about it on a big scale. Say you’re making a huge income through your writing every year, what would you do?

  • Three thousand words a week to a cogent outline = one long or two shorter novels a year. Would that be enough for a busy, successful career?
  • What if one wrote double that, would it be too much to deal with, for revising, editing, proofing, promoting?
  • How much of the day should go to writing in an ideal career?
  • How much of the week? Seven days writing sounds like a recipe for burnout to me.
  • There will be lots of proofs to look at, and signings. How many signings a month would be reasonable? How many readings or workshops?

Imagine the ideal day in your future writing career. I’ll bet it doesn’t sound as frenetic as all those questions do. Still, they’re fun to think about. And it’s nice to know that already we do, now and then, have that perfect day in our present writing career as well.

I hope you’ll have another great week in your writing career. Cheers Mel

If you enjoy Mel Anastasiou’s writing tips, you might try her pocket-sized writing guide The Writer’s Boon Companion: Thirty Days Towards an Extraordinary Volume. Motivates, organizes, encourages, inspires.

From Pulp Literature Press


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