According to Hillary Rettig, author of “The 7 Secrets of the Prolific” book for writers, there are four stages to the writing career. I am currently doing Hillary’s SavvyAuthors.com workshop based on the principles in this book, and she explains the below with much more detail.
But I began wondering where I’m at. I think I’m around Stage 3 1/2 (but then, I often do things in reverse, running before walking).
What about you? What stage is your writing career at?
Stage 1) You focus on just your writing process
Stage 2) You focus on process + your creative goals for the overall project
Stage 3) You focus on process + creative goals + your external (commercial, academic, or other) goals; and,
Stage 4) You focus on process + creative goals + external goals + the demands of an ongoing career.