Many writers want to write fiction, but they’re hesitant. They need an income from their writing, even if it’s a small one. Fiction can be speculative, and you’re concentrating your energies on getting freelance work. Why invest time and energy on something which may or may not pay off…?
Did you know that you can make money writing short stories? You don’t need to write novel-length works, especially if you’re just starting out with fiction.
Today, you can make money writing short fiction
Nowadays, you can sell your short stories on the Kindle — they sell VERY well.
I know of one writer who sells collections of short pieces of erotica. She tells me she makes $15,000 a month, and expects to make more, as she releases more collections… So short stories are goldmines, these days.
Of course, you don’t need to write erotica. You can write short stories in many genres: mysteries, straight romance, horror… Your choice.
Here’s why you should consider starting out with short stories if you want to build a fiction career
- Short stories are fast and FUN to write;
- You’ll develop plotting and character development skills which will make writing longer fiction much easier;
- You’ll build your confidence that you CAN write fiction;
- Short stories sell — you can earn while you learn (in some genres, short stories and novellas are very popular);
- You can write short stories in your spare time;
- You can test ideas for longer fiction.
Re testing ideas. As you may know, I’m a copywriter and ghostwriter by trade. For my ghostwriting clients, I always test the potential of a series or a major novel by publishing a short story or two first. I don’t want to waste my time (and the client’s money) writing material which will never sell.
Use Your “Spare Time” to Build a Fiction Career (do it in 10 minutes)
I’m sure you smiled when I said “spare time.” No one has spare time these days. However, if you’re inspired to write fiction, take ten minutes a day. Trust your creative self. Anyone can spare ten minutes a day. However, schedule those ten minutes: make an appointment with your fiction.
How to Use Your Ten Minutes
Let your creative self lead during those ten minutes. When the time you’ve scheduled arrives, ask yourself whether you want to write? If the answer’s Yes, start writing. If the answer’s No, read, or muse about fiction. Ignore any pressure to produce words. Simply be guided, and follow your inspirations. When your ten minutes are up, go about your day.
Resist any inclination to hurry, or to force your creative self. Sooner or later, you’ll start writing. Your creative self won’t be able to resist. Then, your ten minutes will magically expand. This won’t happen immediately, but it will happen, over time.
If you’re used to writing nonfiction, it can be very hard to allow your creative self free rein. It feels as if you’re goofing off. You’re not. Your creative self has a million stories to share with you; you’ll share them with readers. Relax, let go, and goof off. Sooner or later, you’ll write. Your deep inspirations will be better than any forced stories you create from your logical left brain.
Stories Are Emotion: Feel It, Write It
Fiction is all about feelings. It’s entertainment. When your readers feel, they’ll forgive you anything. This is why you allow your creative self to lead. You don’t have a choice.
So schedule your ten minutes a day. Here’s how to know that this process is working to build your fiction career:
- You’ll start to remember your dreams. Write them down, or not. They’re a sign you’ve kickstarted your imagination;
- You’ll get ideas for stories and characters. Write these down, but don’t feel as if you must use them. When you receive a true inspiration, you won’t be able to avoid using them;
- You’ll produce words during your ten minutes;
- You’ll scrounge up more minutes to write; and finally…
- You’ll publish your fiction.
In summary: ten minutes is all it takes to build a fiction career. All you need to do is allow your creative self to lead you.
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Update: January 29, 2018
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