Hello and welcome to this week’s lesson. Do hope you all hanging on in there, and welcome to all new students.
This week, we’re going to take look at the roles you play as writer and also, how the psychology of role can help with creative writing.
Anyway, before we get into role as applied to characters we might create, let’s apply it to ourselves. Most of us play a lot of roles in life – parent maybe, carer, son, daughter, friend, employee etc, but here I’d like you to think of two roles you play as writer: maker and manager.
So your maker role is doing the writing, getting those inspirational and application habits going we mentioned in an earlier lesson. It’ll include research, reading other role models, the actual writing. You’ll deliver a book, or screenplay or poem because of this role.
In your manager role, you’ll overseee your writing career, decide the type of writing you’ll have in your portfolio, manage your networks, your social media, your career planning – and yes, there is such a thing for writers!
Your manager role will help make it viable for you to earn a living from writing – by shaping you as teacher alongside, perhap – or film maker, or workshop leader. Your inner manager will look after your wellbeing, too, as a writer, maybe scheduling a live workshop or two, to stay connected and up to date with opportunities. And your inner manager will be an opportunity spotter, creating google alerts on themes you need to follow online, for instance.
So in true managerial fashion in this lesson, I’d like you to audit how you currently play these roles. Take a large piece of paper and write down all your current, and relatively recent writing projects. Then I’d like you write alongside them: maker progress:……………………………(how far have you with this project) and manager progress:………………………………….(how far have you got with managing this project) and finally action:……………………………(what you need to do).
Here’s what my audit looks like this morning:
As usual, if you’re a Udemy student, then most happy to see your audit and have a chat about it, in Udemy discussion board or their message stream.
There’ll be more to this lesson, when video is fully recorded, but this should get you thinking for now, I hope…
Finally, a couple of links for you, very much to do with marketing freelance writing services, which I know is of concern to quite a number of you, currently.
Here’s a useful video Moz did on what readers search for, at the moment: https://moz.com/blog/what-readers-want-during-covid19-b2b Incidentally, here is a lot of interesting content on this blog for business writers.
Jon Morrow, who gets mentioned here quite a lot, as he’s most prolific, has an offer on currently, $27 for a freelance writing guide.
Do hope you’re managing to keep writing, or at least thinking about it, whether you are in lockdown or not. Udemy lets me send you educational announcements four times a month, so I’m taking a week off next week, to attend to those actions noted above. Then I’ll be back last week of May, with a bumper lesson on motivation.
Stay well and stay scribbling!