Readers here at MW have heard before that writing is a job. If you want to write professionally, you need to treat your writing as a business. Which means you show up to “work” every day–aka you get your butt in the chair and your hands on the keyboard. But as much as we say that, the truth is, writing is very different from most jobs. In most other professions, it is possible to “ride the clock,” to show up, answer demands with the answers you’ve been taught in school or through experience. You can’t do that with writing.
You show up to your writing job and you have to create something new and exciting from nothing. Sure, we have craft skills to fall back on, maybe an established series with characters, and even an outline–but every time we sit down we have to create. Let’s face it, sometimes [...]
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