Posted by: nancyisanders | October 3, 2008

The Career of Writing: Manage Your Career

The third, and very important goal for you to aim for is to always include time in your schedule to write for fun. (See post on September 11, 2008). But why should you carve in time to work toward Goal #3 when you’re busy writing on a steady basis for no pay/low pay markets as well as for a contract you landed?

Because it’s important to always be working on a manuscript that’s near and dear to your heart. It’s always important to be writing a manuscript just for the fun of it.

Writing for no pay/low pay markets will find you writing to meet the editor’s needs. Yes, this will validate you as a writer and give you lots of acceptances and published credits, but you might not always be interested in the topic.

Writing for deadlines and contracts that bring in income can be very intense, and once again, you’ll be writing to meet the editor’s needs. Yes, this will give you money and get your name known and establish your career, but again, you might not always be interested in the topic.

Writing for a manuscript that is near and dear to your heart keeps your writer’s fire alive. It keeps the passion for writing pulsing vibrantly in your heart. It frees you up to write whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it.

That’s why it’s important to continue to work toward all three goals at once when you manage your career over a long period of time. Always allow some time each week to progress toward your no pay/low pay markets. Spend the bulk of your writing time working on your manuscript that is under contract and has a deadline and will provide you income. And always, always allow some time each week–even if it’s just fifteen minutes!–to write just for fun on a project that is near and dear to your heart.

These are the goals that will give you a successful and satisfying writing career.


Responses

  1. Thanks, Nancy, for all your helpful tips.

    Jean

  2. I’m so glad that you’re finding these tips helpful, Jean!
    -Nancy


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