My Writing Income posts are inspired by Jim C. Hines
and his willingness to help authors understand the personal finance side of writing.
June was a busy month for writing. I knew when I started the month that I was overcommitted on nonfiction projects. It wasn’t so much that the overall word count was too high, it was more the number of clients and variety of content types that combined to eat up a lot of time.
So as not to be cryptic and by way of example, I drafted two nonfiction eBooks last month. Each was distinctly different with regards to subject matter, but the writing for each draft had to be incredibly dense. The final products will be highly graphical in nature, so each word and line has to perform a lot of work to earn a place on the page. Again, cool projects… but they did soak up a chunk of time.
Even with the heavy nonfiction commitment in June, I was able to get back in the fiction saddle. After spending so much time editing fiction for Star Citizen, it took some effort to get back in the groove of drafting fiction.
But draft I did, and I am very pleased with the result.
Fiction writing has been slow going for me since I attended the Writing Excuses Retreat last fall. The instructors – Mary Robinette Kowal, in particular – warned me that might be the case. Sure enough, it was.
There’s a metric boatload of information to process after an intensive learning experience like the Writing Excuses Retreat. While absorbing it, I’ve been highly critical of things that I’ve historically done quite well and very discouraged about all that I have left to learn. I’m still navigating those waters, but it feels good to finish stories again.
On to the numbers!
Although I wrote both fiction and nonfiction, I only have nonfiction billing for June.
About my writing
For the record, I’m married with two young children and am very active with the family. My wife travels (often for extended periods of time), so I single parent when she’s away. I have a full-time job and we own a small business. My wife and I coach mountain biking in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter.
Writing for me is predominately constrained to evenings, with an occasional weekend-daytime sprint. Fiction is my passion, but I sell more non-fiction words.