2018 Lessons for Writers

Already? The year is only a week old! Feels a little like when they’re hyping something as the Movie/Album of the Year and its only January. But a week has been long enough to get back into a routine. It’s been long enough to realise that it’s a lot easier to be an author entrepreneur when you don’t have to get up at 6 a.m. and make yourself presentable before spending eight hours in an office. Not much time to write first drafts, third drafts or blog while you’re in there.

One week has been enough to learn how the rest of the year needs to progress for me – and probably for a lot of other author entrepreneurs out there. These are my top recommendations for 2018. Or any other year for that matter.

  1. Make sure the day job isn’t draining. When the only time you get to write is evenings and weekends, make sure you’re not so exhausted and fed up that all you can do is sleep.
  2. Work your writing into your daily routine. Prioritise it. The next load of laundry can wait until tomorrow. The workout can wait till tomorrow. If what you want to do is write, you have to do it.
  3. Don’t wait. Don’t wait until the next holiday. Don’t make your time off your real life.
  4. Plan. Set deadlines. If not, it will be 2019 before you know it and you’ll still be in the same old routine.
  5. Don’t dream – too much – about how it will be when you get published. If you don’t do the work, it’s never going to happen, no matter how much you dream.
  6. Most importantly – commit! Commit to your writing. If you’re a writer, then that’s what you are. You’re not a graphic designer, a cleaner, a CEO – you are a WRITER. Anything else is just what you do to pay the bills.

Now go kick some writing butt in 2018!


Work for your writing


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