What Is Writing Really Costing You?

Being a writer eats up a lot of time. There's growing your platform, marketing your books, reading about writing, and interacting with other writers online and off. Not to mention the actual writing itself. And outlining, research, revision, editing, and getting ready to publish.

One could spend endless hours each day working on these things and still not feel done.

What's even worse is when you realize the entire day has passed you by, and you didn't even get to the writing part. Now that's bad. I should know.

If writing takes up so much of our time, we should analyze if it's really worth it.

Take a step back and think about what writing is costing you.

And what you're getting in return.

Let's look at what writing can cost you:

  • extra time for school work
  • time for relaxation
  • reading time
  • time with family
  • sleep
  • time for other hobbies
  • money earned on a job
  • time with friends
  • time for exercise

This list boils down to time and money.

Writing Costs Time

How many hours a day do you spend on writing or writing-related tasks? How about per week? Are you spending that time wisely?

You shouldn't spend more than an hour, maybe two, on social media and blogging each day. Or half of that at the most if you're not a full-time writer.

Focus on spending more time on the writing process than writing-related tasks. Try a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio.

Remember that time is a precious thing. You will never, ever get it back.

Writing Costs Money

How much money is writing costing you?

Here in Georgia, minimum wage is $7.25/hour. Multiply the hours you spend writing each week by that number and that's a potential paycheck you're missing out on. Now multiply that by 50 (two weeks vacation), and that's yearly income you're not bringing in.

(Writing is costing me over $7,600 a year.)

Is writing still worth it to you?

If your answer is no, then stop wasting your time. Instead, spend time with your family, go to school, get enough sleep, or work on your current career.

If your answer is yes, then take your writing seriously. Act like a professional. Treat it like a job. Get somewhere with it.

At the end of every day, ask yourself: What did I get in return from writing today?

Did you progress on your WIP? Did you finish that outline? Did you look into self-publishing options like you were supposed to? Did you land that guest post? Or did you waste the day on social media?

It's time to analyze your own life and grasp what writing is costing you. Don't make sacrifices in vain. That's not worth it.

What do you think? Are the costs of writing worth it to you? What do you do to ensure you spend your time wisely?