How to Write a Novel With a Full Time Job
Do you have a novel idea that’s been brewing in the back of your mind for forever? Think you have what it takes to be the next best American writer? That’s fantastic! How do you write a novel with a full time job, though? Writing a novel takes a lot of time and energy and if you’re working hard to get that next paycheck, it might seem like a lost cause.
Don’t worry! Today we’re going to go over tips on how to write (and finish) that manuscript while keeping your day job.
Make Sure your Novel is Ready to be Written
The first step to writing a novel is doing the necessary prep work. Make sure you know about the topic that you’re going to write on. If you’re writing non-fiction, this can be as simple as researching your topic. If you’re writing a fictional novel, though, you might want to do some research as well. For example, if you’re creating a fantasy world, make sure you take the time to figure out what kind of structure you want to set up. This means figuring out the world, and everything in it. You can research different types of politics, how weather affects different economics and so much more.
Not only do you want to research, but you want to get a firm hold of who your characters are as well. Start asking yourself questions about their personalities, likes and dislikes, and what their motivations are. You want to do this for both protagonists and antagonists alike.
Finally, ask yourself if you want to outline your novel or not. Some people think that this kills creativity, but it can also be a great way to make sure that you know where you’re going with your plot before you get started.
Set Deadlines For Your Novel
The next best advice that I can give you on writing a novel with a full time job is to figure out how soon you want to finish it. Once you have a firm date in mind, break your novel up into smaller chunks. Then set deadlines for these sections. Make sure you give yourself rewards for finishing them on time. For example, you might decide that you can only get a Ben and Jerry’s Icecream on Sunday if you finish your writing for the week.
Setting deadlines is important because it shows that you’re taking your writing as seriously as you take your job. It takes your writing out of simply being a hobby and makes it become a real, viable, future career choice.
Make and Protect Your Writing Novel Space
Finally, make a place that’s just for you. A space that you can go to that is intended for writing your novel. Ask others to respect your private writing area. This means everything from your children not piling their school work there to not interrupting you when you’re in the groove. There’s nothing quite as disheartening than being in the middle of a good scene, writing quickly, and suddenly being interrupted to help out with dinner, or invited to watch a show.
Protecting your writing space is for you, too. That means you should eliminate all distractions. Turn on some good music, and close out of the many different Internet tabs I’m sure you have open. Try and stay away from social media, and put your phone on silent. Give yourself the opportunity to really get into the groove of writing.
Following these steps won’t make you the world’s greatest author. That takes time and dedication. It takes practice. What it will do, though, is give you the chance to write an finish your novel. Good luck out there, folks! Writing can be a scary business, but I know that if you’re committed, you can do it!