Category Archives: My Fiction Writing Journey

Make Time for Your Fiction Writing Business

How to Make Time for Your Fiction Writing Business

How To Make Time for Your Fiction Writing Business

How to Get Things Done

Do you wonder how you can make time for your Fiction Writing business when you have got other things that take priority like your full time job, your family or other responsibilities?

You have lots of great ideas but you have stalled because you are worried that you do not have enough time to get the work done. Here are 3 simple solutions that have helped me to free up more time and to get things done.

#1 – Wake Up Earlier Each Day

If you have a day job that pays the bills and provides you with health benefits, keep the job while you work on launching and growing your business part time. If it is possible, try and wake up a little earlier in the mornings to work on your business.

For more insights, check out The Miracle Morning for Writers

#2 – Spend Your Lunch Hour Working on Your Writing

Instead of wasting all of your lunch hour reading your Facebook feed or complaining to your work colleagues about how much you hate your job, spend some of that time doing small tasks that will help you with your new story.

I am lucky that there is a library around the corner from work. I pop in there and I aim to write a chapter each day for my story. Sometimes the creativity flows, sometimes it doesn’t but I am trying to create a daily routine so that the time is used effectively.

If you commute to work via train, you can work on your business then, too. My train journey to work is between 35-50 minutes, depending on delays. Some people use this time to put on their make-up or catch up on sleep. I use this time to think about ideas for future blog posts or read kindle books for inspiration and research.

#3 – Turn The TV Off!

How much time do you spend in front of the box? Are you even watching or have you zoned out? Now that you can actually record your favourite programmes, you can choose to watch them at a more appropriate time for you. Use this time to work on your writing or some other aspect of your writing business and it will be far more rewarding than knowing which Kardashian is getting married now. Lol. No, I am not a hater – love ya kim :)

These are small changes that you can make but they could have a huge impact on the progression of your business.

It’s not so much about finding the time but rather, making better use of the time that you have. Even if it is just a fifteen minute slot here and there, it all counts and you can really achieve a lot during these short spurts.

If you have always wanted to start your own online business, whether it is fiction writing or internet marketing, there’s no better time than the present. Today will soon be yesterday and you won’t ever get that opportunity back.

Read The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod & Steven Scott

Have Your Say: Do you use any of these methods to make time for your business? Do you have any other suggestions to add? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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How to Make Money Writing Fiction

How to Make Money Writing Fiction

I Want to Make Money Writing Stories

I love writing and it is my aim to create a new income stream from writing short fiction stories. There are plenty of people who have done this with great success and I want to one of those winners.

When I started writing, it was non-fiction. I started out putting together short articles. At the time I struggled to cobble together 250 words and had to really struggle to stretch to 300 words, which used to be the accepted length in order to get articles published on the sites that I was using.

When Amazon provided people with a way to publish their own books, I went ahead and tried it out. I wrote some non-fiction and fiction and was amazed and grateful that people found these short things and actually paid for them.

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At the moment I make around $5-10 per month. I hardly do any promotion and the stuff is OK, not great but it was all good practice for what I am about to embark on.

My Fiction Writing Plan for June – December 2016

I want to write at least two short stories each month and aim to get at least one story published each month. These stories will be around 10,000 words long and they will be in the romance genre. The main reasons I am writing short stories is because:

  • They will be quicker to complete
  • There is less chance of getting distracted by other ideas
  • This is a great way to practice my writing skills
  • This is a great way to build up a body of work

How Much Money Can I Make Writing Fiction?

There are people out there who are raking in the cash from their fiction writing. They are people just like me. People who dipped their toes in the water, found a genre that suited them and made money from customers who were seeking to be entertained by those type of stories.

It is scary to put a monetary figure that I would like to earn because seeing as I am only making $5-10 per month at the moment, it doesn’t seem possible that I could earn much more. But I am learning that you have to use the law of attraction and manifest what you desire. So here goes.

By the end of 2016 I want to be earning $10,000 per month from my writing!

Wow – that is scary. Is it possible? Who knows but it is something that I am going to find out over the next few months.

My Fiction Writing Schedule

I have been getting into the habit of writing during my lunch breaks at work. This has worked out really well. There is a library around the corner where I sit and I am able to hand write around 1,000 words in an hour. I work four days a week so this means I should be able to finish a short story every two weeks if I manage to stay on course.

Tune In For Regular Updates

To keep me accountable, I will be writing blog posts and a newsletter about my fiction writing journey. I aim to write a monthly update where I will share the good, the bad and the ugly things that occur as I work towards my goal.

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The Things That Are Helping Me on My Fiction Writing Journey

There are lots of things that are helping me to stay motivated as I embark on this fiction writing journey. I visit lots of blogs for regular inspiration and I pop in to a really great Facebook Group where many of the members started out just like me and are making a killing in fiction writing. They are writing in a whole range of genres and book lengths. I hope to be able to look back on 2016 as the year I took my Fiction Writing Business to the next level and beyond.

Read – 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox

Have Your Say: Are you writing fiction? How are you doing so far? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.