- By Winston Kuwada
- Published 02/17/2012
There’s one thing that plenty of people have dreamed of doing, yet few people start. This is a common theme for many people and many goals. They have a deep desire to achieve something, but when they get started, they realize how much work it’s going to take, and then their value system kicks in. They realize the dream they would have loved to achieve before isn’t as desirable given the amount of work and time they’ll have to put in to get it. Writing a novel is no different. Plenty of people would love to write a novel, and even have a great idea, but when they set out to write, they realize what a chore it is, and never get past the first page. In this article, you’ll learn some important tips that will help. The first is to treat writing an novel like a job. And instead of a regular job, where you get paid regardless of what kind of work you do (at least for a while), writing novel is like a sales job. You only get paid when you create something that many other people are willing to pay money for. And to make matters even worse, at least with a sales job, you get paid every couple weeks or every month. When you are writing a novel, you have to put off your pay day for at least a year. And that’s under no guarantees either. So you’ve to have a tremendous amount of faith and belief in yourself to keep on going. If you are going to treat your novel writing like a job, then you’ve got to have a specific work space. That means an area of your house that you only use for writing and nothing else. Treat it just like you would a home business, with people coming in to see you every day. And just like a job, you’ve got to work regular hours. If you only write when you feel like it, you’ll never get finished. You need to write the same amount every day, day in and day out, whether you feel like it or not. If you want to treat yourself like an employee, you could give yourself six sick days a year, if that will help.
When you treat writing like a business, and work hard at it, it will eventually pay off. Just keep on writing, never give up, and keep dreaming of a positive future.