Training for the Olympics is an expensive endeavor. Financial sacrifice is part of the cost of training for excellence and chasing a dream. Training is the difference between a hobby and a passion, but the cost can be prohibitive.
How do you chase a dream on a clothespin budget?
You find ways to train that don’t cost money. Think of the apprentice model of yesteryear. People would learn a trade by training with an experienced worker in the field of interest. Somehow we must bridge the gap between our budget and our training needs. If we miss the mark, it might look something like this:
6 Tips To Maximize Your Writing Budget With No Additional Cost:
1. Learn About Agents And Editors From Conference/Retreat Adds or Workshop Descriptions. If your budget just won’t allow you to attend a conference, there are still ways you can learn about what editors and agents are looking for and what is important to them.
Look at the larger writing conference appointments and faculty descriptions to learn about editors and agents. One great place to look is at American Christian Fiction Writers. Select conference and then look through the editor/agent appointments and faculty descriptions.
4. Check Out E-book Writing/Craft/Industry Books From Your Local Library Online. This is newer to many library systems, but you can download an e-book reading application for your phone for free at many library websites. Then you may check out e-books for free for a few weeks. No late fees because it is automatically returned electronically.
5. Volunteer at writing/author venues. Volunteering to help is a great way to give back, but you also learn a lot from watching how events are planned and interacting with those in the industry. Sometimes you get an opportunity to meet authors who have lots of industry knowledge. Just Listen and be helpful.
6. Join Free Chats on Writing/Industry or Online Speed Pitches. There are often free chats online that you can learn things that will help you grow as a writer. My Book Therapy Bleachers has a free chat every Monday night at 7p.m.CST. The Love Inspired line has had announcements for speed pitch appointments online. Other groups host craft and industry chats from time to time.
Just as Olympians must invest money into their training, so writers must invest money into their training. Budget the expenses and look for ways to stretch your writing budget without paying additional money.
What are some ways you stretch your writing budget?