But, in addition to your attitude, there are some practical steps you can take to elevate your writing to the level of a business:
1) Set writing goals. Make them yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily goals. Business owners set goals for their businesses in all four categories and review them regularly. You should do the same.
2) Set deadlines for your projects and meet them. Business owners set deadlines for projects and work hard at meeting those deadlines.
3) Set aside an hour or so every day at the end of the work day to answer all emails and phone calls. By devoting this time at the end of the day to replying to communication, you will not be interrupting your valuable writing time.
4) Set aside a specific time period every day to write. Do nothing else during this time period. Consider it an appointment with yourself. You would not think of canceling a doctor’s appointment or an appointment with your attorney except for an emergency. Neither should you cancel an appointment with yourself except for an emergency. Treat yourself with as much respect as you treat other professionals.
5) Establish a place where all you do is write. This will be your writing office, your headquarters, your base of operations. Every business has a base of operations, even if it’s just the dining room table.
6) Keep records of your writing-related activities. For example, keep a log of mileage of travel related to your writing. Also, save all cash receipts, credit card statements, and other material that relates to your writing. These will serve you well when tax time rolls around.
7) Call yourself a writer, even if you don’t yet feel like one. One of my favorite Scripture verses is Romans 4:17: “God speaks those things that are not as though they were.” When I first started writing, someone asked me what I do for a living. When I tried to say, “I am a writer”, I nearly choked on the words. But I said them! That very act of saying “I am a writer” unleashed the force of faith within me. Soon, I had no trouble saying “I am a writer”, and soon after that, I actually became a published writer. Never underestimate the power of your words.
Attitude, action, and audible words. All contribute to making your writing a business deserving of the highest respect. So assume the attitude and practical tips of a business owner, and you’ll be in business.
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