Dear Diary: I Don’t Like Writing on Demand…

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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).

2ThePoint.

8 comments

  1. Bianca Raven

    I don’t think anybody really likes ‘writing on demand’ – however this kind of work pays my mortgage payments every month.

    When I’m feeling a bit special and I want to write something just to please me, I’ll write fiction and submit that to a high paying market somewhere.

    Or I’ll write an article just because I feel like I have something to say on that topic and submit it to Constant Content where I’m able to set my article sale price at $50 or $75
    (see here for how it works http://ravens-writing.blogspot.com/2008/08/making-money-with-constant-content.html)

    But then there are those mundane, boring days all writers have where you’re being paid to write something that isn’t really what you like. I just try to keep my chin up and remind me that even though I might not like the topic, at least I’m still being paid to write and that’s what counts.
    🙂

  2. Catana

    Congrats. Finding out what you don’t want to do is a necessary step toward finding what you do want to do. I’ve gone further in the “don’t want” direction. I’ve given up any ideas of freelancing. But I don’t have to earn a living, something I appreciate even more when I see people struggling with the conflict between the writing they want to do and the writing they have to do. I hope you can find the balance you need.

  3. 2ThePoint

    Hi Bianca Raven,

    Thanks for your comment.

    I guess I’ve reached a point where I’d prefer to be doing stuff I really really enjoy doing AND pays my way too. It’s just something within me that’s been making itself known to me a lot more lately.

    take care and thanks for passing by. Have a good week.

  4. 2ThePoint

    Catana,

    Thanks for that.

    Yes, I read your post about giving up on freelancing. 🙂

    I guess I haven’t wanted this particular “don’t want” for a long while, but it offered a potential way out from the 9-5 so I took it. I prefer freelance writing to a 9-5, but I don’t love it – and I guess at this point in my life, I feel I should be doing stuff I really enjoy.

    Have a lovely week.

  5. Paper Tilapia

    I have realized in miself that I am not a good writer. I guess I had a hang over with myself when I was in college and was writing these boring theses… My writing style became very boring as well. It is only when I am able to relate myself to what I was writing that it becomes more .. uhh… shall I say – lively? Sensible? Anywho, in any case, there are also some writing gigs that is available in my market. I am just not sure how I would get through to it knowing how I make a “boring” topic all the more boooooring! LOL.

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