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Carving Up/Carving Out Writing Time

Planning writing seems to be the key

In my quest to create residual income, I'm finding I have to think about my writing projects and how I spend my time on them differently. My projects fall into two rough categories:

  • work from paying clients

  • projects I believe will generate residual income

Writing Work From Paying Clients

Clients are those wonderful people who pay me to write for them. Right now I have clients who pay me to do PR, write search engine optimized pages and some grant writing I've contracted to do.

 At any given moment, my list of project may change to include ghostwriting, content writing, coaching writers, newsletters, etc. etc. etc. I have some clients who spend a predictable amount of money with me each month, and others who drop in and out of my life in a totally unpredictable way.

What all these projects have in common is they take time... serious time. Only a few offer any chance of residual income to me. Oh, I might get lucky with one, we'll see. And the work I'm doing for another can turn into some ebook writing for me. But on the whole, these clients, whether they are ongoing or just one project not only pay my rent and other living expenses, it takes significant time to get their work done.

Building Residual Income

On the building residual income side I have two books at an agent - both books are written, one will take significant rewriting if it's to sell. At the moment there's nothing to do but wait to hear if the agent wants to represent them.

I also have another book I dearly want to do, and I have my two websites, two blogs and blogging editing. Then there are the ebooks I've already written that need marketing... the list goes on. Obviously all these projects also take time... serious time.

Carving Up My Writing Day

What I'm aiming to do is do as much work on the residual income each day as I do for my clients. A great sounding goal but, so far, impossible. For example, tomorrow I'll be spending about 2 hours on the road to and from a client - an unusual situation for me, but one I need to do at least once a month... plus the hour or hour and a half I'll spend with the client. That's a huge hunk of time, and none of it is writing. It's in the gathering of information to write category.

Today I have a couple of deadlines... and an appointment at 5 which means I can't squeeze out extra time at the end of the day.

I just answered the phone... it was a sales call that has nothing to do with writing, but might, by a long stretch, create affiliate income; I asked him to call back in two weeks.

Then there's the email box that's filling up rapidly... you know how it goes. There are all sorts of demands.

Putting Myself First

But, I took an honest hour this morning to work on the new book. And I did it first, before all the other stuff started happening. The idea is to put "my work," the work I really want to do first... at least some of the time.

Of course, a new article for the website is also for me... and it's part of my residual income building. I think what this means is that most days, I'll start the work for clients at about 10 a.m. That means a good 5-1/2 hours each week for clients... I don't know yet if that's enough. But I suspect I'm working in the right direction.

Write well and often,






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