A writer is never without work. Oh, I know that strikes a cord with some who really haven't been able to find work during these times, but let me continue in order to fully communicate what I mean. A writer is never without work. Every writer should busy himself or herself with some work that should at least lead to the written word being produced, proposed or promoted.
- Production: Work on your craft as much as you work on your projects. Develop your skills to develop more refined and polished writing projects. Take time out of every day to review your idea notes, journals, diaries and past incomplete files in order to develop them some more. Increase your progress step by step, day by day.
- Proposals: Work on proposing articles, speeches/ talks, readings, spoken word performances, signings, and anything else that will further the proliferation of your career as a writer. Propose to editors, publishers, event coordinators, book festival planners, and everyone who could use the writer as part of their work. If you start with a "hit list" of prospects, you can readily identify how to propose which projects to whom. Make a list and check it twice, and then start proposing.
- Promotion: Whether published or not, promotion comes under the writer. Your publisher may work with an in-house marketing department or an outside ad agency, but you are the Promotions Department. As the writer, you promote to those you know and those you don't know. This may start with your author site and bio or your blog. You may use Facebook and LinkedIn or other social networking sites to promote yourself and your writing. You need to see yourself as the primary promoter of what you do and what you have to offer readers, agents, publishers and editors. You promote to make your writing known to people. Work on and work out a promotions plan.
In the ned, you can see that these are just the beginnings of the work that a writer can do to keep busy. Imagine the extensions that can be built off of these simple ideas. Generate other ideas that fall under each of these categories like catchy workshop titles and workshop agendas or a fact sheet that outlines the chapters of your latest book in one-sentence summaries that can be emailed to your reader list and posted to your blog. The list can run on for days, but the work is up to you as the writer.
You are never without work as a writer.