Guest Blog: Design Your Writing Career from the Top Down

Today I’m over at the Writers in the Storm blog talking about creating a career plan. I’m also giving away a free writing career template! Check out the blog and find out how to get your copy. I’d also love to hear your comments on whether or not you have a career plan and what you’d like to add to it!

When we first start writing, it’s only natural to start with…well, writing. I remember when I first imagined the idea of writing a book. It was an absolutely ridiculous thought. Me? Write a book? Wasn’t that reserved for the elite of the world? Was there some kind of qualification process someone made you go through before you were “allowed” to attempt such a thing? I tentatively dipped my toe in for the first few years, not even thinking about whether pursuing publication made sense for me until I was 5 years into this lofty experiment. Up until then, it was mostly one project at a time, one draft at a time, one day at a time.

When I signed with my agent, though, it (or something that rhymes with it) got real. I was suddenly facing my writing “career” becoming an actual “thing” and I realized I had no idea what that meant for me or my future. I knew that if I wanted to do what was necessary to have a career, I couldn’t keep thinking of my writing as a hobby that I did when I had free time. And even more than that, if I wanted to be successful, I needed to have some vision for my writing future.


So I did what I do whenever I’m freaking out–I organized. (I may have been compared to Monica Geller once or twice in my life.) More specifically, I created a Career Plan for myself. In truth, I was still pretty unsure about how things would unfold for me and my book–I’m still not sure–but I knew that if I could at least start to put my vague thoughts on paper, they would eventually bloom and unfold into something that made sense.

Maybe you have some experience with that?

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I am an author and a writing business teacher. I am also a mother of two, a wife, a businesswoman, a nature-lover, and a wannabe yogi. My debut women's fiction novel, PERFECTLY UNDONE, will be released on October 3, 2017. Here, I blog about my journey in publication in the hopes of inspiring others to follow their own dreams.

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