Separate the Business and Creative Side of Writing

Do you have a difficult time separating the business from the creative side of writing? In other words, do you get upset and depressed when you receive a rejection letter that you cannot focus on your writing and your productivity suffers as a result? If you do, then you haven’t set proper boundaries between the business and creative side of writing.In this article, I will show you how to separate the two realms of your writing so that you could do your best writing yet still focus on the business side of your writing so that you could be at your best. If you want to be a successful and joyous writer, you must create a boundary between these two sides of the writing life.The creative side of writing focuses on getting an idea, moulding it, writing a rough draft, editing, revising, and polishing. So, it has to do with the creative process, that process that is probably for most writers the most enjoyable process. This is when we can experience flow and do our best writing, enjoying our writing time at our desks.Then there is the business of writing which encompasses the less fun stuff of writing such as submitting, dealing with rejections, finding an agent, dealing with low sales of our books, bad reviews, and anything that fuels your sense of rejection.To be a joyous writer, you should never allow these two areas or realms of your writing life to bleed over into each other. Otherwise, if you let one area bleed into another one, you will feel very depressed and unhappy. Here is an example of what happens when one areas bleeds into the other one.Here are a few ways to avoid such situations and ensure that your creative and business side stay apart.1. Create boundaries around the creative and business side of your writing. This means that when you write, think or nothing but write. In this moment, as you write on paper or compose on the keyboard with an outline, all is okay. You are happy, and being creative which is a divine gift and a wonderful life.2. Switch hats when you write. I have a few writer friends who actually have different hats or head bands for when they write and when they do the business side of their writing. This way, before they sit down to write, they put their business issues in their business box and they put a lid on it. They confine their business issues until when they need to do some of that kind of work.3. Do a centering exercise or meditate before you start writing. This can help you to become more aware of what you are doing and focus on the creative aspect of your writing and not the business aspect when you write.4. Don’t check your email or bring your cell phone in your office when you are writing. Any distraction such as this can wreak havoc with the creative process.5. Don’t multi-task when you write. So, try to just write when you are writing, and when you stop writing for the day, you could check your email. This way you will enjoy writing and be able to take time to really have a fulfilling creative session in your office.By following these tips, you will be keeping the business and creative part of your writing life separate. This way, you will definitely have a sense of joy and fulfillment before, during, and after your writing session. This will help you to be successful and feel fulfilled as a writer.