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The #1 Thing That Sucks About Being a Writer (And How That Thing is Also the Best Thing)
Written by Freelance Writer and Author, William Ballard
If you have every entertained the idea of being a writer this is the article (blog post) for you. Most aspiring writers are afraid to take this journey. The main fear is the unknown.
Aspiring writers have been so accustomed to working a 9 to 5 (or even worse -- shift work) that they have become dependent upon their employer and their secure check that they receive every two weeks, or if they are on a salary, they have become dependent upon that.
Most aspiring writers never use the courage that is bottled up inside them and take the leap of faith to go forward and pursue their dream. Most only fantasize about living this writer's life, and only few actually get to live it.
What is the #1 thing that sucks about being a writer?
For some it could be a number of things, but the truth of the matter is, the number one thing that sucks about being a writer is the waiting. Waiting to get paid is what can make this writing life the most difficult.
You see, when working for a 9 to 5 job or a shift work position, the check that you would get every two weeks would be secure and/or set in stone, as long as you go to work, of course. If you don't go to work, then you don't keep your job. It is the same way when it comes being a professional writer, if you don't write you don't get paid. However, when it comes to being a writer, your "pay day" is not every two weeks. Sometimes a writer can even wait up to a full month before he or she gets paid on an assignment.
The #1 Thing That Makes Being a Writer the Best Job in the World
How can the number one thing that sucks about being a writer also be considered the number one thing that makes being a writer the best job there is? The answer is simple. You see, when you work for an employer and get paid every two weeks, the amount you make is normally the same every two weeks. Of course, it can change if you work overtime at these places of business, however, when it comes to being a writer, even though there is a long wait to be paid at times, when it is pay day it is like Christmas.
Let's say you make $600 dollars every two weeks at your 9 to 5 or shift work job. That would be $1,200.00 a month before taxes, of course. But when it comes to being a writer, when that check comes in the mail (royalty or freelance assignment) it is always different. And depending on the projects you work on, there are some months where you can be making $5,000 to even $10,000 dollars just off one assignment or project.
What Does it Take to Be a Financially Stable Writer?
Yes, it is difficult to learn how to manage your money and learn how to discipline yourself to live off what you made from a prior assignment or project, but when you do learn how to become a good steward of your finances and develop positive financial habits it makes getting those large checks in the mail extremely enjoyable.
In order to become a financially stable writer you must become passionate about learning finance, business, accounting, and financial stewardship. Not to mentioned marketing. Every writer should have books on these subjects in their home library. If you don't have a home library I recommend you start developing one today.
Most aspiring writers are more passionate about their ideas and their stories than they are about business, but the truth of the matter is, if you are going to be a successful writer and author you are going to need to become a passionate student of finance, economics, business, accounting, and marketing.
From Financially Dependent to Financially Independent
Most people these days are dependent rather than independent. They would like to think they are independent, but the truth is they are not. The majority of people are dependent upon their jobs, their bosses, and even the government.
If you want to become financially free and independent you are going to have to develop some self-disciplines. I could write volumes to you about developing self-disciplines and positive financial habits, but that will have to wait for another day.
Take Aways and Action Steps
The following is what I recommend you write down and begin practicing:
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About the Author
William Ballard is the proud author of, "The True Writer's Life: Discovering the Author and Finisher of Our Faith"
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.