When I was a kid, I knew that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I was well on my way, and even earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, but I became derailed. I was an avid writer up until law school, where my soul was crushed under the weight of my studies. For many years, my creativity was stifled. Thanks to YouTube and blogging, I was able to keep my creative spark alive, and now my dream of becoming a full time writer has been revived. But, it’s still hard to make time to write.
I started my first blog way back in 2008, but it wasn’t until 2016 that I cracked the formula for making money online as a freelance writer. I primarily use Upwork.com to find clients to write for. The income I earned from my first year of freelance writing helped me to realize that earning an income online through writing was a real possibility.
Unfortunately, becoming a full time writer is not as easy as it seems. I still work a full time 9 to 5 job, and I have to make the time to create online when I get home from work, and finish taking care of all of my other tasks. I try to keep things light and positive, but honestly, it’s hard. Right now, I need to be balancing my checkbook, updating my budget, washing clothes, and a whole host of other chores. But, instead, I decided to sit down and WRITE.
For the last few hours, I’ve been updating a few things on my blog, creating graphics, and writing. You see, in order to be a writer, or a creative of any kind, you absolutely must take the time and make the mental space to work on your craft. Very few people will understand that you’re actually “busy” when you’re editing a video, or writing a blog post, or creating a graphic. It will look like you’re just idly playing on the computer, but you have to protect that sacred space.
At any given point, I have a million ideas swarming around in my brain about books I could write, blog posts I can draft, videos I can shoot, and ways that I can help people do this and that. Despite my best intentions, there are times when I don’t have the energy to do a thing except sleep. So, I get it. I get how hard it can be to get it all done, and still have time to create. But, I also know that all of the messages that I have to share need to get out of my brain, and onto paper, or a screen, and out into the world.
So, I make the time somehow – not every day, but on enough days that I’m reaching somebody out there, one post, share, or video at a time. Although I must create an income through writing in order to survive as a writer, it’s ultimately about connecting through my creative work.
The month of March is only one day away, and I’ve decided that I’m going to try a sort of “March madness” on my blog, where I post as much content as possible. By challenging myself to create more content, I believe that I can make progress on my blog traffic and email list. I’ve been so focused on my YouTube channel that I haven’t been putting enough effort into my blog. I want to add more resources and information to make the blog a one-stop-show to get information about me, check out my work, and connect with me online.
Ultimately, I want to write every day and not just blog posts, but also books to help people dive deeper into their issues, and ways to be more productive and achieve their goals. I have a week off from work for Spring Break in March, and I plan to use a good part of that week to make progress on my writing.
It’s not easy to make time to write, but I’m moving forward and I’m making more progress every day. How are you pursing your dreams as a writer?
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