Do you just write, or are you more interested in establishing a small business?
I got into this business slowly, not realizing that first writing a popular blog and then a few books, automatically made me a small business. Writing IS a business if you actually want to reach others with your work, because self-promotion is everything once you have created a few products. And you cannot make money without products to sell.
So writing is your passion, but are you passionate enough to turn your writing into a business? Starting a business is an emotional process, and not just when it comes to money. Feeling emotionally invested is a good thing, but it does make it hard to separate your personal feelings from your business. Emotional investment can cloud your objectivity and blind you to some of the reality of running a business.
One of the worst things you can do when starting a business is get tunnel vision and lose your ability to see the big picture. Do not get too fixated on the future, to the detriment of the now. This can weaken your ability to explore alternatives, try new approaches and even remember why you started your business in the first place.
Sometimes you need to take a step back and take an aerial view of your writing to make better decisions. If you cannot accomplish a reality check on your own, it may be time to call in a coach, partner, colleague, or even friends and family to help you take a look at what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and how you can do it better.
If any of this rings true to you, it may be time to make some positive changes to boost your chances for success. In fact, try making one small change everyday and see how that effects you AND your business. This may start a positive chain reaction that completely turns your business around.