A Common Mistake Many Make
You’re a writer first, plain and simple. I don’t care if you’ve been making more money or upholding a primary income somewhere else; you’re a writer first.
A common mistake many make is they get into a state of Stockholm Syndrome and enter a never-ending cycle of work, since it pays all the bills.
Any passion you pursue to make a living in, like writing, won’t pay the bills off the bat, especially if this is done correctly to educate yourself on the subject first before you start selling products, in this case, books.
For anyone looking to advance their career into something they love in favor of something they loathe, they need to refer to themselves in that career field before anything else. I identify as a writer. People ask what I do, that’s what I tell them, and state my debut novels are coming out in September and December.
They might ask me what I write about.
Typically two subjects, one of which involves a quest of going from a normal job to pursue passion, and of course, the other subject involves government as it relates to what might be mentioned in my works, especially Lord of Columbia. My government articles also demonstrate to others how I conduct my research and the amount of time I’ll spend on certain subjects to write a well-crafted report, in other words these little research articles show readers how I go about pursuing my own passion.
Many ask how I balance my primary income life with my passion and to be honest, it’s much easier than it appears. The trick is utilizing downtime. Here are a few tips:
1) Sacrifice requests. I’ve stated in the past your time to pursue is sacred and it’s time to start saying no to others. I’ve been guilt-tripped in the past, being called selfish, self-centered, and that I care more for writing than I do my own job. If this happens to you, I have two words for you: Who cares? You know what you want and if anyone tries to guilt you out of it or blows up on you, it’s their problem, not yours.
2) Work your day around your passion. Everything for me is worked around my writing, and at times, my workouts. People make the mistake of working passion into their days if it fits. This always leads to failure. Again, I don’t care if your boss asks you to stay overtime at your job; if it cuts into your time, it’s not worth staying over for. And again, if they have a problem with it, it’s their own problem to solve, not yours.
3) Sacrifice social time. Anything worth having, and if it’s passion we’re talking about, sacrificing social time should be a given. You can’t be hanging out, going to concerts, going to happy hour, the movies, sporting events, or anything social if you plan on making a living from your own passion. It’s your ultimatum. Either you pursue something that will pay off dividends in the long-run or go out with family and friends who routinely complain about work. It’s your choice.
4) Take advantage of weekends! My favorite days of the week are Saturday and Sunday because I get to dedicate my entire weekend to writing. Sure, I’ll go for a workout to loosen my body up, but for eight to ten hours, I’m either writing, editing, working on my blog, or looking for tips and strategies to begin making a small income doing this right now. Many love to chill on weekends, but it’s the worst thing you can do. If you really want it, and fire your boss in the process, the choice is easy. And who doesn’t want to fire their boss?
5) And as the beginning of this article states: Refer to yourself as a writer, or whatever your primary passion is. When you refer to yourself as such, amazing things happen. Others will see you for what you really are in favor of what your day job might be. They’ll even refer their friends and family to your work since you are, well, a writer.
So, if you want to start succeeding now, can you?
There are a few things I’m looking into this weekend, and today of all days is going to be huge; like I’ve stated in a previous blog written last week, is to look into freelance and content writing.
One huge advantage of having a blog is I can demonstrate my writing skills with each blog being part of a portfolio. It is my work, and as stated before, I’d love for this to become my full-time job.
Writing short stories is also a high priority on my to-do list, but it’s actually a weakness of mine; I tend to lean more as a novelist and always have since rediscovering this passion back in 2015.
And also, it’s not really writing, but it’s truth-seeking, and it’s to begin a YouTube page and preach facts you’ve found, conclusions you’ve drawn, and any opinion you may have on a particular subject.
Best yet, you can link all these to your blog, and start providing a fountain of income for yourself so you can live the way you want and fire your boss in the process. But first, stop looking at yourself for what your primary job description refers to you and start calling yourself a writer right now.
You’re a writer first.