Making Time for Writing ~ Outside the Margins with William Cooper

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I’ve been writing professionally since 2010, when Dreamspinner Press published my first short story. Since then, I’ve written in many different genres – fiction and non-fiction, romance and erotica, self-published and traditionally published.

I’ve always loved writing, ever since middle school. I’ve always buried myself in books. I’ve dreamt of being a best-selling author and making my living from books.

Over the years, I’ve done a lot of work inside publishing that’s not writing. I’ve done editing, I’ve done marketing, I’ve done virtual assistant work. But really, my heart was always with writing. Those other jobs paid the bills and I enjoyed them, but it wasn’t the same love that came from writing.

The problem with being a full-time author and living just off your writing is it takes a lot of work. Unless you get lucky and write a book that becomes and instant hit, you have to spend a lot of time writing. You can’t procrastinate, you can’t just put things off until tomorrow.

You need to sit your ass down and write.

For the first few years of my career, that was a struggle for me. The first three years were spent juggling writing and school. Then it was writing and editing. Then writing and marketing.

It was hard to devote the necessary time to writing when I had other demands for my time. My school work had deadlines that needed to be met, lest I fail my classes. Same with editing and marketing, only this time, I relied on those incomes to live as well.

At the end of 2015, I decided enough was enough.

While I enjoy editing and marketing and even being a virtual assistant, it’s not where my heart true lay.

So in 2016, I vowed I’d put my focus on my writing. That meant getting my ass in the chair and writing as often as possible. I set a goal of 4 hours of writing each day.

So far, it’s been going okay


Some days I hit my goal, other days I don’t. But I’m making progress. I’m writing. I’m learning. In January I wrote over 100,000 words. I’ve been expanding my genres a bit, working on projects for myself and even ghostwriting a few.

In January I spent 60 hours writing. Not quite full-time hours, but better than before. February has been a bit rocky so far, but it’s been getting better with each day. The trick is to not let myself get discouraged, to fight against my natural urge to procrastinate.

My goal is to be able to live completely off writing by the end of the year. Whether that means traditionally publishing, self-publishing, ghostwriting, or article writing. If I can make a living doing it, then I’m going to give it a shot.

Once I’ve hit that goal, I can work on moving tracks and writing just what I want to write. But hey, one step at a time, right?


~William Cooper

About William Cooper

William Cooper has been writing and reading since he was little. In 2010 he took the first step toward publishing a book and hasn’t looked back since. Whether it’s two men who met in college or brothers who have been in love their entire life, William loves to tell their story for everyone to read.

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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One thought on “Making Time for Writing ~ Outside the Margins with William Cooper

  1. Wow, I’d say your plan is off to a fantastic start! Fighting that procrastination debil is hard lol. But you’ll do it. The more your schedule becomes a habit, the easier it’ll be. *hi5* on setting the goal and getting to work on it. awesome.

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