Live Your Best Writer Life Without Breaking The Bank

Being a writer is relatively cheap. At least the actual writing part is. All you need is a computer, time, and an idea. But if you want to take your writing career to the next level you start to see the money stack up; Writing Conferences, Websites, Copyedits.

And if you are a self-publishing author the money stacks up even more: Book covers, book formatting, marketing, proofreaders, more copy edits.

I was surprised by how much some of these things added up if I wanted to be considered a professional writer. Indulging is good, but you need to make sure your money is being spent on the right thing. Budgeting is key, but so is knowing exactly what to splurge on and where you can cut some costs.

Here are some of the tips and tricks I’ve discovered that will help you make the most of your Writing Career without breaking the bank.  Because…

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Fear Is the Writing Killer

We have a lot to be fearful of this year. Democracy seems to be crumbling around us, the stories women share in the #metoo movement have me shivering, and I’ve finally decided to complete my Masters degree. SCARY!

In recent months all of these things have resulted in my anxiety and depression hitting new peaks. But, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, this year is all about facing my fears!

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Mid Year Check In

I realized while looking back at my past posts that I started this blog near the beginning of the year. While I remember some of my New Year Writer Resolution’s I never wrote them down.

Being in the military means I have learned to be VERY goal oriented. Writing things down and checking them off helps inspire me and reminds me I’m working towards something. So below are my writing goals for the year and how I’m progressing so far!

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Writing While You Travel

I’ve just come back from a long trip to Japan and getting over the inevitable post-travel flu. Bleh. But while I was there I still needed to keep up with my homework AND one of my critique partners sent me her notes on my manuscript. So I was chipping away at that. So a post about writing while traveling seems appropriate.

As writers, we often use every excuse possible for why we didn’t get our word counts in. I have to work out. I work a full-time job. I’m on vacation. Believe me, these are the thoughts that consume me ALL THE TIME. Especially when the full-time job sends me on trips.

For some writers, traveling is a dreaded word, because you just know you’re not going to get any work done. At the same time a good number of authors I follow travel all the time and still manage to write a book every year. Time management is important but also you need to figure out how to make traveling work for you.

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The Long Road to Revision

This blog entry is brought to you from someone just coming out of the revision cave.

I never thought this day would come. When I finished the first draft of my current project  I wasn’t excited, because I knew what came next. The reread, the rewrite, the revision. All those sections where I had skipped description, flaked on dialogue and used the same cliché lines over and over. They were coming back to haunt me.

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