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Friday, January 23, 2015

You Gotta Feel the Love

There are a lot of creative people out there - writers, artists, musicians, and so on, that dream of being able to make a living by doing what they love. Whether it is writing books or creating master pieces or whatever your love is, you actually can make a living on your art.


(you had to know there was a but in there right?)

Making money doing what you love changes things.  Unless you can afford to have someone else take care of the marketing and the business end of things you're going to have to do it yourself.  Most of us can't afford that - at least not at first - so you have to learn how to get yourself out there so that people will buy your work.

And in order to make a living off it it, the business end will be a part of your life.  Even if you don't like it.

It is really easy to get lost in the whole business of making money. Because if you're not making money, why are you doing it right?  That's where this love thing comes in.

Sometimes as you get involved in the world of creativity for money, it is really easy to forget why you started.

I'll give you an example.  Let's say you're a writer. You love creating short stories about people and their lives. The characters you write about become real to you.  You love them.  You hate them.  But you can't stay away from them.  Whenever you're not at your cooking job, your construction job, your trucking job, or whatever you do that pays the bills, you're creating new characters or building on the lives of ones you've already created.  You do it because it brings you joy.

But then you start really getting focused at making writing into a money making career. It's going to be so awesome when you are rich!  You're going to be able to just chill and write all day long and people are going to pay you for the privilege of reading your stories.

You know that you have some stuff to learn though before you can really start making money.  So, you talk to some writers that are actually living off the money they make. And they tell you that your genre is too broad.  Your stories are too short. Your characters are too common.

So, you work on that.  You do some research and choose a more profitable sub-genre to write in.  You make a goal of expanding on the length of your stories.  You take a course on character development.

And somewhere along the way, you start dreading writing time.  You get on the computer to work on a story and you find yourself browsing through Facebook for three hours. Ooops - time for bed because you have to work tomorrow.  You'll get back at the writing tomorrow.  And another day like this goes by and another. And you can't figure out why the words don't come easily anymore.


Is it writer's block? Some like to call it that.

Me, I'm going to lay it out for you honestly  here:

You don't feel the love anymore.

And that's the bottom line to me.  If I don't love what I'm doing, if I don't love what I'm writing, if the words don't come with some sort of ease and I have to force myself to put something on the page?  Well, now I have another job.  And one I'm not getting a whole lot of money for  yet.

You gotta feel the love.

Do what was making you happy.  I'm not telling you to forget about the money but really, how much does the money matter?  You still have a job-job.

I'm not telling you to give up on  making a career out of what you love.  Just make sure that when you get wrapped up in the business end that you can put that all aside when it comes time to create.  Create what you love.  That's what matter.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Writing Plans

Monday is almost like a new start for me.

On Sunday I finish a ghost writing project.  I might have one more ebook to do for this client but have time to do it.  Not so rushed.

On Monday, I start writing short stories again for ME.  No more writing for other people.

Since I have that cooking job I don't have to worry so much where the money is coming from.  So, I'll go to my job, I'll take care of my business with Daily Two Cents and Writedge and Honest Reviewz, and then I write for me.

I'm writing in a niche where short stories are perfectly acceptable and there are lots of readers, so my plan is to write four short stories a week and put together at least one bundle.

By the time we move in (or around) September, I want to be making $5000 a month from writing stories.

I emailed my list (of readers) and told them I was looking for ARC (Advanced Review Copy) readers that would be willing to do reviews.  I was surprised to get almost 20 people interested in just over a day.  I don't know why I should be surprised.  Just that I didn't know that that many of my email list subscribers actually read the emails I send! LOL

That's a really good thing though.  It means that my books will get reviews.

I've sent out one story so far and two of them have been nice enough to let me know where there were little mistakes. That means I need to get in there and fix them.  But I figure if I start sending out the stories before I actually put them up on Amazon, I'll be able to catch these things before I publish them.

I see people making good money from writing ebooks/stories every day.  And by the middle of this year, I'm going to be one of them.  Come hell or high water!