We’ve all heard the phrase, “Be careful what you wish for.” After months or even years of dreaming about a writing career you may start to feel that the “dream” isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. The reality is that a successful writing career takes a lot of hard work and it’s not always fun. There is little glamour, and a lot of late nights. If you find yourself dreading sitting down to the computer, don’t despair and start searching the help wanted ads. Here are a few suggestions for making writing fun again:
- Mix things up a bit. Make sure your writing to-do list includes enjoyable tasks in addition to those involving deadlines. Set aside a little time every day to write for pleasure. Perhaps this is a personal blog or a few pages in the novel you hope to publish some day. Writing to meet deadlines is important, but enjoying your work is too. Make sure your to-do list involves both.
- Target new publications. You’ve worked hard to secure those steady accounts that pay the bills, but you don’t have to stop there. As your interests and hobbies change, so can the publications your write for. This is a very fluid industry with new publications starting all of the time. Keep an eye out for those that spark your interest and then have at it.
- Remember why you wanted to do this. One of the best things about a freelance writing is the variety it offers. With virtually endless topics to write about you don’t have to settle for a boring career. Although there may be times you aren’t enjoying your work, this doesn’t have to become the norm. Get creative with your to-do list and keep things fresh. Most importantly, remember why you set out on this journey in the first place and you can keep living the dream.
Jennifer Applin is a freelance writer living in Ohio with her husband and four young children. Aside from writing for many regional publications, she is regular contributor to eLearners.com and Projectworkingmom.com. She spends her days cooking, cleaning and caring for little ones, and her nights writing about pregnancy, parenting, and the quest for peace (as in peace and quiet). You can also find her at Managing the MotherLoad.