Hope you all had an awesome weekend. I know I did, for an unexpected reason (which I’ll go into tomorrow).
But for today, I’m honestly asking…
How do you fit it all in? What I mean is, how do you make writing a part of your life? How do you balance it with other responsibilities, as the world gets busier and busier around you?
That really depends on your goals.
A lot of people, whether they have a day job or not, write for fun. To express themselves, to get it all out. And getting it all out is great even if you’re writing only for yourself, or to have bedtime stories to tell your kids.
If you want to actually pay your bills with writing, it’s a different story. You have to write (and as I write that, I’m remembering all the times I was tired, drained, and plain didn’t want to).
That also means you have to train–like an athlete. Sort of.
To teach yourself, or get someone else to teach you, how to write, how to structure your writing, and how to market your words (or if you’re a copywriter, how to market your services–it’s a similar thing, more or less).
Much more involved than writing for fun (which is why some people launch writing businesses part time while working a day job too–but I’m too far afield).
Writing to pay some or all of your bills makes it easier to make excuses. Yes, easier. Because organizing everything is much more involved. That doesn’t make the excuses more valid, though.
Things like deadlines or product launch days really put the squeeze on the excuse-making. Sometimes things have to be done by a certain day. If circumstances get beyond your control, tell the someone you’re writing for. But only if you think you may miss the deadline. That’s why deadline contains the word–dead.
But I don’t think writing should be purely about deadlines and pressure either. So much of writing, just like life, is about balancing opposing concepts or forces. Being paid to do what you love, even if it isn’t your day job is about–well, love, and being paid.
I talked a little about that here.
Which is why remembering why you write is so powerful. Writing should be about more than money–no matter if you’re getting paid $100 to write a 5,000 word short story, or $2,000 for a video script, or what-have-ya.
People are still people. Even the ones that are the clients you write copy for, or the folks who buy your fiction ebooks from Amazon.
So sure, if you write for fun, you might be able to afford to let life stomp in.
But if you’ve got a piece you’re writing that’s due this week, and you just completed your research, you might need to lock life out (and explain to loved ones why).
Which brings us back around to the title of today’s post, about fitting writing in. The answer is…
A little at a time, when you have time.
But the one thing I can’t tell you, is when, if, or how to determine if you need (or want) to make time for writing. And what to eliminate to make that time.
I’m not saying anyone should live on a mountaintop, be a hermit, and send family and friends postcards twice a year.
What I am saying is we all have 24 hours per day, that sometimes slip away before we’re aware of it. But what we do with them is our choice.
And it’s a hard lesson to swallow. A big pill (red, blue, white–the color doesn’t matter).
This is also why folks hire ghostwriters and copywriters–they have projects they believe in. They can’t or don’t know how to complete those projects on their own.
So, with the project and mission in mind, they hire someone to do it for them.
For some folks, that’s not a solution, for whatever reason. They want to learn to write, because it’s something that they can do themselves (although doing it WELL is what matters).
And writing well means you entertain with your fiction, and persuade with your email and other copywriting. Which depends on what your audience wants, is interested in, or currently reads.
For those of you who’d like to sneak in a bit of writing, relax, or just have some fun, on Friday of this week, I’ll be introducing a new segment here at Fiction and Copy Decoded to help you.
Be sure to swing by on May 2nd, okay?
And if you have a story you’d like to share about fitting writing or marketing into your life (or the other way around), drop me a line in the comments.
Have a great day.
Until next time,