If you haven’t established your role, go back to Step 1
Step 1 was to determine your role. I’m going to break this down for two choices because ultimately if you decide to be both author and writer the steps for a writer apply to you.
Step 2: Writer
Schedule your writing time. Everyone has the same 168 hours in a week. We make time for what is important.
If you’ve chosen this avenue, then writing is important to you. Being a successful writer requires you to do more than dabble occasionally. It requires 3 important aspects that you will need to learn and learn well.
- Discipline – the ability to make yourself do something that you don’t want to do in order to get the results that you really want.
- Inspiration – understand the role of inspiration, and understand that it doesn’t show up until you do.
- Schedule – what gets scheduled gets done. Simple – not necessarily easy.
You will need to determine now WHEN you will write, WHERE you will write, and WHY you will write. I suggest that you examine the why first, then print it on an 8.5 X 11 piece of paper and place it on the wall near your writing area to remind yourself of the why when you are feeling frustrated or the glorious sunshine is beckoning you from the writer’s dungeon. Up to a few weeks ago, I had a shared space for my writing desk. When my daughter moved back home from college I had to create a new space for my office/writing area as part of her bedroom was my office since she was gone 9 months out of the year.
Why not take a bold step towards your own future by scheduling your first five writing times right now. Go on, I’ll wait.
Step 2: Author
Research available options for ghost writing. Determine what you can afford to pay, what is required on your end. Find out the facts. Remember that you get what you pay for. If you go super cheap and hire Mr. X on Fivver to write your story for you and his first language is not English, be prepared to invest a good amount of time in revisions.
Do your research! Some ghost writers specialize in a specific genre. Don’t pay a writer that specializes in westerns to write your paranormal fantasy then expect them to get it right!
Whichever path you choose, it still requires work on your part. Nothing worth having is without cost. Know the cost up front and make informed decisions with the knowledge that you have.
“Til next time