At our last KenTen Writers Retreat we asked the participants to fill out a question sheet. One thing it included was topics they would like to have presented next year. One participant asked about the business end of writing. When you do this all the time, you forget how new authors need to know more about the business end of things. Today we’ll start several blogs on “The Business Side of Writing.”
The first thing we should do is find a nice quiet place to write. A dedicated room is preferable. One that has a door you can close. When my door is closed, no one enters. That’s our rule. The only exception is an emergency. You want to concentrate on your writing. This includes not texting, looking at emails, reading Facebook posts, and long conversations on the phone. Sometimes I get calls from my clients, and I have to answer them. That’s okay. That’s business.
Set business hours. Have a set time when you are in your office working. This is a time everyone in the family knows and are willing to respect. Work this time around doctor appointments, grocery shopping, and anything else you do regularly. Time to write is very important. You may set a length of time, which is fine. Some authors devote a certain amount of time, like two or four hours, to write. Because of what I do, I have office hours, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This gives me time to work during the day and have free time in the evening.
Have a designated desk. I have two desks. One has my mac and the other has my pc. I can roll from one to the other. Personally, a recliner is not my office. I have tried to write from one, but I can’t. I have to sit down in front of the computer. Do what is comfortable for you. When I’m at the computer, in my office, at my desk, I get more done.
These are only suggestions. Friday we’ll talk about another part of the business of writing.