I like writing. I like blogging. But I don’t like writing on demand.
There. I said it.
I used to think there was something wrong with me for feeling that way. But now, I don’t. I just think it’s part of my inbuilt navigation system telling me where to go.
I prefer to write when the mood takes me. Like now.
So where does that leave me with the whole freelance writing thing?
Well, I already have one client I write for. Been writing for his company for a while – since last May. He’s SUPER cool, I get to write in my own style, plus the money’s good ($50 per post) – so I wanna stick with that for a while.
I plan to apply for a few more high(er)-paying gigs, but one that doesn’t require I write x amount of pieces every week. One-offs would be fine with me.
I don’t want to write for a rate that’s significantly lower than what I’m currently on. In the past few months, I’ve noticed that I feel a bit funny when I attempt to cheat myself out of the rate I’m deserving of. I know what’s possible. If one client can pay me $50 a piece, then there’s bound to be another client out there who’ll be willing to pay me something close to it or more.
So, apart from my current client and getting one or two more high-paying gigs, I’d rather not take on any more writing-on-demand work. Rather, I’d like to shift my focus to things I really love/enjoy doing.
I realise that part of finding more time to do other things will be down to me and how I organise my time. That will definitely be a challenge as I can be my worst distraction. I’m super special like that. 🙂
(p.s.: You know what’s probably gonna happen, right? Life will probably test me by sending me a shit-load of writing jobs or something. Ah well, if it happens, and that’s a big if, I’ll just have to cross that bridge when I get to it.)
Right now, I’m just aware that there are things lacking in my life and I need to do something about it. I welcome the dissatisfaction I feel as, sometimes, with dissatisfaction comes the energy to change.
Take care, people. I hope you’re where you wanna be (or inching towards it).