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Exploring the Writing Craft (2) – The Inner Critic

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Maurizio Bisogno

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The Critic in me – or should I call it the Eye Opener – says: “Your dream to earn a living writing books and articles and courses is happening at such a slow pace that you should reconsider it. Your activity as an author and a creator of books and texts, financially speaking, is insignificant as you don’t earn what you need to survive, and you lose money instead. As a business activity is a disappointment. Your past plans have yielded only modest results.”
I have gotten a job in this company instead for practical reason, but I’m happy only when I can work at my writing or at my courses.

The Critic: “Believe! Believe in what I write. Think what will your life be like when you will be writing full time? You will be able to do your job anywhere you choose to. You could sit down and write nearly everywhere, but especially in your own environment.
You need to plan what you must do.”

Your words vibrate in me, creating wave of guilt and hope. I need to take at least some practical actions. Here are the first things that come to my mind:
– Reorder the sequence of my written work and rewrite most of it.
– Stick to one language and perfect it.
– Establish an efficient tactic to sell my books and articles.
– Be more aggressive in offering your products.
– Reading a good book on how to earn money as a writer.

The Critic: “I am giving you this quote to ponder until you make it completely yours:
A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it. Samuel Johnson
The word ‘doggedly’ is the key here. Add the next excellent advice to a writer:
It is simply a question of priorities.

What can you learn from that?”
I think I should ask myself the right questions, those which will help me to define my writer identity, my goal and business strategy. I think that it will be greatly helpful to ask myself questions like these:
– Why did you always want to write?
– What kind of writer are you?
– Who do you want to write for?

The Critics: “Don’t forget that you have been on this road for a while now, so you should consider your past achievements as well.
Assess your writing goals and Re-evaluate them. Establish new goals.
Make lists. Create “To-do” lists. For example:
1. Write three targeted articles each week.
2. Publish one article (at least) each week.
3. Study the market, at least one publication every two days.
4. Send in your articles.”

Although it started with a painful attitude toward my writing, my inner Critic gave me new energy, a sense of direction and the awareness that writers must reflect not only on their actual product but they have to work on aspects common to any business, such as packaging, marketing and selling. This is the world we live in and denying it will keep you on the margin of it. On the other hand, it is still possible to write for your own pleasure only or for the posterity, but if you need to make a living with your pen, then you must acquire some proper business-like habits. This is something I don’t have!
Have a nice day.

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