Recession Writing

Just as in any job, the more skills you have, the better asset you are to your employer. I think the same goes for writing, particularly in tough times: the more styles and genres you can write, the more marketable you will be.

Although I would love to write middle grade fiction novels, I make money writing children’s fiction and non-fiction stories. Through some work samples from a friend, I learned to write rebuses. For one magazine I have made money writing rebus, historical fiction, and non-fiction pieces. I even wrote a craft article. For another group I have earned a nice sum writing fictional Biblical value stories.

Being willing to diversify your writing will not only help bring dollars into your coffers, it will improve your craft and develop a nice resume.

In this difficult economic market, try branching out a bit. You may be rewarded with some welcome income opportunities.

Getting In the Mood

What do you do to get into the mood to write? Do you play soft music in the background? Do you wear a certain hat or use a particular pen? Do you take a walk before you start to compose, or do you take a nap to feel refreshed?

I don’t do any of the above. I get into the mood by praying for inspiration. It is through prayer that I am demonstrating my dependence upon God for ideas. He put writing into my heart as a career. I told Him that I would write as long as He gave me ideas, and it’s fun to see how God keeps answering my prayers by giving me some wonderful insights. Sometimes it’s just a matter of time to get something down on paper.

How do you get into a writing mood?

A Little Each Day

As part of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2009, I don’t want to take on too many projects that will cause me to feel overwhelmed. This is mainly because I don’t want my writing career to supercede my family. So as I’m prayerfully considering the projects I accept (which I have already blown, but God is good), I still need to organize myself so I can tackle the deadlines I have on hand.

So I have decided to do a little each day. Even if it’s reading a couple of pages of research, or praying about a topic for a Bible story I need to write and then jotting down a few notes, I am still doing something to meet my deadline. I put this plan into effect a few days ago and I have already completed one article, picked up several research materials from the library, posted to two of my blogs, and printed out some word lists I need for two stories I have to write. Step by step I will be able to get my work done.

Are you feeling overwhelmed with your writing workload? Allow yourself to do a little each day. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

A New Year

I’m looking forward to what 2009 will bring, especially in my writing career. I wrote down some goals, ordered a Moleskine Weekly Notebook, and am working on a deadline for next week.

It’s important to re-evaluate past goals. We need to see what worked and what needs improving. Then we need to set new goals, perhaps try something new. I have a few things I want to try this new year. Hopefully I will be able to share some successes and some insights as the year progresses.