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Work-Life Balance Ideas for Writers

Are you a writer in need of work-life balance ideas so you can pursue your writing passion?

Excellent, you’ve come to the right place.

For many of us, the Holidays are in full swing and if you work full-time in retail or e-commerce, things can get quite hectic from now until the end of the Holidays.

In other words, many of us will put our writing life on hold to pick up for the incoming tsunami of customers and packages.

Trust me, I have first-hand experience with such, so today I want to tell you all how I manage to still fit writing into my life as the ten to twelve-hour work shifts come into play, which is a challenge themselves.

 

What to Do?

Okay, so if you’re a blogger as I am or a writer, I have quality information for you, but let’s start with our bloggers, as it’s the easiest to combat.

Really?

No, it’s quite simple.

All you need to do, bloggers, is schedule your posts ahead of time.

None of us are working 84-hour weeks in a single job and if we are, it’s likely that we’re the entrepreneur, the owner, the bourgeoisie, or in some crazy high-end office making between six and seven figures a year.

Now, if we’re doing the grunt work (no insult intended as I’ve done this in the past) we’re looking somewhere between 45 and 60-hour weeks, which are completely manageable.

We all have at least one day off during the week as well, so this will be your writing day, where you write all the articles you need, build content, add links, whatever you need to do so you can get your blog out in time and not disappear in front of your audience’s computer screens.

That’s not good for your future blog business, so take the time and even if you need to create six straight articles, do so!

Since I’m working Sunday through Tuesday, Wednesday is the day I’ll write for Thursday and Friday, and since I’m off Saturday, I’ll write my content for Sunday through Tuesday.

If you only have one day off, apply these same tactics.

 

Onto Writers

Writers, you need to follow slightly different tactics here.

First off, you’re going to need time to write and edit. Second off, you’re going to need enough mental rest to do your job, especially if you’re in a management position.

What to do?

Think of writing as the great stress reliever here.

I’ve always stated it’s best to start writing a novel or editing something already written this time of year because it makes for amazing stress relief from work.

You know those times you turn on the TV?

Yeah, let’s use those times for relieving stress in another way: Writing and editing.

It might be impossible to wake up an hour earlier unless you happen to be wide awake at 3:30 in the morning, but for those of us who need to be at work by 5am, it’s going to be rough. I’ll be at work come 6am the final week of November, so I can relate to your pain here.

But, even if we’re working shifts from say, 5am to 5pm, or something similar (I’ll be 6am to 5pm), we still have the evening to us, even if the evening is going to be short.

My best advice to you is to eat dinner then boom, write or edit for an hour.

Even an hour of writing and editing is better than nothing.

Heck, even twenty minutes of writing and editing is better than nothing.

I realize how hectic and depressing this time of year can be for many, especially those working in the retail and e-com industries.

But we should at least do something that makes us feel happy and productive for ourselves, and our passion for writing is one of those things.

 

Weather the Storm

Sure, this time of year is a storm, cyclone, tsunami, and anything else you can think of that makes all individuals feel as if they’re numbers and not people to the corporate giants paying us to do the dirty work for them.

This should give us even more incentive to work for ourselves and always, always, always put our interests and our own productivity at the same level (if not higher) than the people who are directing us to be somewhere to make as much green as possible time and again.

I’ve always lived by the saying that either ‘We work really hard on our own dreams, or we’re going to work really hard for someone else’s dreams.’

While the latter definitely helps us get by in the short-term, it should be only that; short-term, and not long-term.

I couldn’t care less what kind of bribery and benefits they give you.

When we work for ourselves, there’s something satisfying about waking up each day and going to work.

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Writing Is About Sharing Ideas

Why It’s Important to Respect the Right to Relay Information

You’ll always see me praising Ron Paul’s Revolution: A Manifesto, and I’ll always critique Marx’s Communist Manifesto.

 
Before my foreign readers tell me that since I’m from America, I know no different and that socialism and communism works, I’ll be the first to state America’s economic policy stems from that of Benito Mussolini (corporate-government collusion), and we all know how that went down.

 
Further, I was a self-identified Marxist from high school to my sophomore year of college, from 2007 (junior year), to 2011 (junior year of college) before I discovered the Austrian School of Economics, Mises, Hayek, Rockwell, Rothbard, and others. After reading their works, my views changed, and I can now call myself a Ron Paul fanatic.
However, I see too many people calling for death sentences and brutal beatings for stating or writing about their views.

 
Guys, in America, anyone is free to write their views. Heck, even in the world, if one really looks to the Rule of Law, outlined by the United States Constitution, the First Amendment, while not guaranteeing us the right to do so, prevents another individual, or group of individuals, from taking a right given to them by a creator, be it a god or the universe itself. People are born with the natural right to speak out, and this is what writing is; the natural right to speak out.

 
Yet for writers, it’s our duty, our mission, to spread and share our ideas. Politically, I’m as anti-socialist as one can get, and I cite the Soviet Union and in modern times, Venezuela, for their economic hardships and subsequent collapse.

 
However, I’m also anti-corporate, because as predicted by Ludwig von Mises, corporatism leads to one thing: ownership of people and ultimately of resources, but to do so, they must be granted permission by the government. So, corporate lobbyists make deals with government officials, lawmakers, behind closed doors. This leads to socialism, but oftentimes the free market is blamed for such atrocities, something I call crony capitalism.

 
Yet, to keep everything as is, and do attain either a monopoly or a few giant corporate heads in power, these new laws passed by lawmakers must use executive power. Enter law enforcement, where if someone calls the police to locate say, a stolen item, more often than not the cops will be unable to do anything about it, but if you’re caught driving a mile or so over the speed limit, cops will go out of their way to cite you.

 
In this scenario, however, cops are being paid by the state, which is funded by taxpayers, to uphold and enforce existing laws, just or unjust, even victimless crimes which then, due to corporatism, upholds entities like the prison-industrial complex. In other words, you’re paying the state to fine you for minor, victimless violations, and if the crime is “bad” enough, will be thrown into a prison built by contracting companies which requires an endless supply of “criminals” to fill their prisons to build more prisons so the taxpayers must pay to “take care” of all prisoners within these prisons.

 
At the end of the day, the taxpayer is put over.

 
However, in this corporate-socialist world we live in, we must have more force to uphold perpetual war, where it’s our “patriotic” duty to give up our freedoms for more security so we can defeat the next “enemy” our own government likely created by intervening in the place they had no business intervening in.

 
So, spreading ideas, especially in my libertarian fashion, is what makes writing so important. Ideas must be spread through writing, and to do so, the First Amendment of the Constitution remains vital for us to carry out our views on the subject. If we lose not only the First Amendment, but the Bill of Rights, we lose the battle in spreading our ideas.

 
I like to point to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 as a prime example of what happens when totalitarianism takes and holds.

 
I’d like to thank all my readers for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

Be an Attention Grabber

How to Stand Out from the Crowd

Be an attention grabber! Our ideas can be captivating but just because we know the goods of what can be brought to the table, we still need to rise above and beyond to make our ideas stand out from the crowd.
How do we do this?
Many of us have the talent and work ethic to make our ideas sell. We think of things that will be beneficial to society and pen them to paper or type them onto a screen.
But we need more.
We need to find ways to sell the impact and be attention grabbers.
One of my earliest mistakes when I experimented on my personal social media account is in the short run, no one wants to be informed about anything.
Being a libertarian-anarcho-capitalist, I would’ve been better off typing my ideas onto a blank screen than posting endless data, regardless of how accurate they were, to my personal friends, family, and acquaintances.
The result?
Todd Matthews (my real name) is a freaking nut who is only trying to stir up trouble.
Not the result I was looking for.
Okay, so what happens?
Uh, let’s just say I’ve burned so many bridges I had to rebuild my friend-base almost from scratch. If you think preaching to the masses and citing accurate sources is going to work sway people into what you’re trying to sell, think again.
It’s fatal.
Don’t, just don’t do it.
But, if you post some funny memes, be yourself (unapologetically) and write short tidbits with your audience in mind, boom, you’re going to create a friendlier stir and build a few loyal followers.
But, don’t forget your message.
My manuscript trilogy, Age of Columbia, is an allegory between Constitutional America and the American Empire we see today.
Now, when I preached America has bases in one-hundred and fifty countries just to protect their own interests and arms manufacturers at the expense of the millions or even billions, I’m getting snapped at each day that I’m un-American, un-patriotic, and an enemy-sympathizer.
When I informed the friends list the NFL’s staging National Anthem ceremonies pregame because the Department of Defense wants to boost military recruitment among kids, you would’ve thought I just set the flag on fire (something I’d never, ever do).
But, by sharing quotes from the Founding Fathers and think tanks like Ron Paul, Dan McAdams, Frederic Bastiat, Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, and several others who love America while simultaneously warning about the ironclad grip of government, now amends are being made.
So, moral of the story to you is when you’re on social media or looking into marketing your product, don’t be so informative. What you’re selling will take care of that. You need to have the ability to relate to your audience (which is why I experimented with my Facebook friends list first) by being short, sweet, and charming. Don’t cite the one thousand sources you used, the people buying the product won’t even glance at them.
And best of all, interact with and be kind to your followers. They’re going to be telling the world about you.

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