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One of the Greatest Perks of Being a Writer
Written by William Ballard, Freelance Writer and Author
One of the greatest rewards of being a writer is being able to work your own schedule.
Not everyone can be a writer, or has what it takes to be a writer. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. A lot of self-discipline and determination.
However, if one is willing to do what it takes to live the writer’s life (this dream life) then there are many rewards that every writer is able to enjoy.
I have been writing nearly my entire life (or at least since I knew how to write and put words together to make sentences) and It hasn’t all been fun and games, especially in the beginning.
However, now I have reached a certain point in this writing life that allows me to work the schedule that I want and still be able to enjoy my life.
But, the truth of the matter is, that many writers still aren’t able to make ends meet, and are often times struggling and barely getting by.
Every writer is different and not every writer’s journey is the same.
Sometimes, just like in any job, writing becomes a chore for newbie writers (freelance writers and/or fiction writers). They get so distracted by the busyness of life and all the struggles and obstacles that begin to pop up.
The truth of the matter is, these obstacles are inevitable. They are going to happen.
Because of these obstacles and struggles that present themselves (I like to call them debris or distractions) the majority of newbie writers end up quitting and returning back to the old 9 to 5 grind, or sometimes even shift work (a dead end road).
In other words, they end up being murders of the newly born writer inside them, and ending the writer's life at the infancy stage. It is actually quite sad.
Every time that I see a newbie writer quitting their writing life before it even reaches adulthood, I personally see it as another funeral taking place. A life dead and gone before it ever had the chance to blossom and makes its mark in the world.
So the question is, how does one get passed all the struggles and obstacles (debris or distractions) and blossom as a writer?
Well...in all honesty the answer is quite simple, and in some cases, obvious. A writer must train him or herself to not let the debris or distractions keep them from their main goal.
I wish I knew this when I was first starting out on my journey as a writer. You must never get so caught up in the busyness of life that you never see the beauty that is around you. That is why I call these struggles and obstacles debris and distractions. Because that is what they are, they keep you from seeing the beauty that is around you.
The pictures that I am showing to you in this blog post are some pictures I took with my wife during a time away from the computer, and away from all the debris and distractions that I often have to deal with in my writing business.
As some of you may know, I am originally from the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas, but I am currently living in beautiful storybook Barrie Ontario Canada.
These photos that you see above are of a special place my wife and I found near the lake shore of Barrie Ontario. And you want to know what? I remember when I first got here... how amazed I was at how beautiful this city really is (in comparison to what I was familiar with in Dallas).
I remember telling a lot my of church friends here about how beautiful their home city is, but each of them could not see what I saw. You want to know why? Because they have been distracted by the debris that I have being talking about in this blog post.
If you really want to enjoy the writer's life you have to learn how to train yourself not to get side tracked and distracted by the busyness of life and learn how to take the time to smell the roses.
As I stated before, the writing life is different for everybody. The joy of being a writer is that you get to create the writer's life that you want to live.
I encourage you to find time, or to take a day off, and just enjoy life with your loved ones and with God. Take a moment and enjoy the nature that God has made for you and me.
I can guarantee that when you follow through with this little tip you will be more able to enjoy the writer's life that you are most passionate about.
Please don't become distracted by the mundane issues that present themselves in your writing businesses, and learn how to start seeing the beauty that is around you rather than the heartaches, struggles, and obstacles that present themselves.
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About the Author
William Ballard is the author of, “My List of 21 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing” and "3 Steps to Blogging Success: Discovering Your Passion, Finding Your Audience, and Developing an Income Stream (Article Series)".
He has been writing professionally for over 10+ years and has much experience within the industry, both in publishing and in freelance writing. He has successfully self-published over 10 books and eBooks. Visit his Amazon Author Page to see list of his most recent projects.