Starting Creative Writing 3 of 6

Making shed loads of money.

Writing can eat cash


Is your writing Commercial and what can you do to make it so?

Fiction writers

  1. Have an original and exciting idea. Study what is out there in your chosen genre.
  2. Draft it and see if you think it will work and stand out in a crowded marketplace.
  3. Redraft loads of times correcting content and grammar. Edit to the bone. This will take ages. In my case months. Get your book professionally edited when it is already at a high standard.
  4. Write in an interesting style i.e. Use your own unique voice in your writing and don’t change it.
  5. You need good computer skills and constantly update them in order to prepare your manuscript publication.
  6. Discover social media for marketing and be prepared to do up to two hours a day working on it.
  7. Understanding relatives, willing to put up with your absence in order for you to follow your dream.The reality is that you will make more money going to work, at least for a few years. To begin with, it is a loss maker and ‘may always be’ so remain sober with your dreams.
  8. You need understanding friends who might get fed up with hearing about your writing and may think that to write you to at least should have a best selling book when you start out. The fact that you haven’t might frustrate you and your friends.
  9. When you start to think about giving up work to write and you have no evidence to suggest you can do this, then recognise you are dreaming, It is OK we all need dreams for the future but you can’t eat them.
  10. When you have a wonderful, well edited book with a brilliant cover (you probably paid a few hundred pounds for), great blurb on the back you need LUCK and plenty of it.
  11. Start writing your next book and be prepared to wait a year or two before seeing any results from the time you started writing. It’s called patience.

This is the way you stand an outside chance of making shed loads of money. In the mean time, enjoy writing, enjoy learning, enjoy making writing friends. I wish you ‘Good Luck’.

This blog is intended as food for thought for those starting out. If you want to ask questions do, and if you are an experienced writer and would like to add to what I’ve written I’d be pleased to have your comments and make this blog useful for writers starting out.

ebook trialing your book  is a good way to start before printing a paperback. This still requires computer skills. Take a look at Createspace.

Fact is different. Presumably you know who your readers will be.  Write for them and not for yourself. Edit, edit, edit. Know how you are going to market it and how long its shelf life might be.

When it comes to marketing I have found the books of Gisela Hausemann useful. Look her up on Amazon and she has a Facebook page. There are lots of books and articles on Google to help you on your way. Any links, please add.

Please add your comments  and let others know how you have found the writing experience, and please don’t put up a book with typos, poor grammar and a useless idea as this makes it difficult for great writers to be found.


Next week The pleasure of making up stories.

Hope your writing adds  cash to your bank account.