Motivate Yourself Now: Are You Getting The Writer’s Life RIGHT?

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Dear Web Writer,

How do you know if you’re getting it right? The writer’s life, that is?

I say that because lately I’ve been up to my ears in projects. I pared down my client load at the beginning of the year, only to have it balloon out even bigger just four months later.

When I’m not taking care of my kids or having dedicated family time, I live and breathe copy. I think about it when I go to bed … I read about writing techniques in my spare time … and I wake up with Big Ideas in my head.

Not that any of this is bad … and if you’re new to web-writing, it’s a good indication of the kind of demand on your services you’ll enjoy after a few years of putting yourself out there.

But the thing is, I chose this lifestyle so I’d have lots of free time to relax and do as I pleased. So what gives?

I’ve come up with two possible explanations:

1) I’ve simply lost touch with some of the perks of this lifestyle

Or…

2) I’m actually fully embracing the perks of this lifestyle

Confused? Let me explain.

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Mindy Tyson McHorse

Mindy Tyson McHorse

Executive Editor for The Barefoot Writer, Mindy McHorse writes for clients in the biz-opp, alternative medicine, and self-help world.

3 Comments

  • You must be a mind-reader Mindy – I was just talking about this with a friend this afternoon! 🙂

    To answer your question: I’m pushing myself hard right now to get my freelancing business up & running while I’m still working a full time job. It usually means I’m in bed by 9:30-ish, and up by 5am so I can get in some work before I go to the day job. But it’s allowed me to really move things forward so that my original “kick the day job to the curb” date is moving closer and closer, and not just because time is passing. 😀

    Once the day job is officially gone, I will lighten up my schedule and work more of a 7-8 hour day M-F, and take off weekends to relax & recharge. Ideally though, I’d like to work a 3-5 day week, and use the rest for my other hobbies & interests. Hopefully my clients and work will let me do that. Looking forward to the day when they do.

    • Yeah, Julia! I know it can seem grueling, but SO worth it in the end – and you’re definitely on your way, following in the footsteps of a lot of other successful writers I know.

      I remember getting up an hour early to study the Six-Figure program before going off to my looooong day job. Then I’d study more in the evening. I remember being exhausted a lot … but would I change anything? Nope. 🙂

      Best of luck, and keep me posted on your progress!

  • I agree with Julia, Mindy. You must be a mind-reader!

    These exact thoughts have been with me the last couple of weeks … I’m stoked, and don’t want to do anything else than be in front of my computer.

    But life is happening around me. When I do go out with family and friends I make a conscious notation that I must do this. It’s also fun!

    Marianne
    p.s. just proves that I’m in the right career <3

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