I don’t know about you, but as a freelance writer I’ve got clients I write for and then I have my own writing.
My own writing includes this blog and any other writing I generate that isn’t paid for by a client. It includes a couple of book ideas and even some poetry. Usually it’s work I expect to get paid for eventually, hopefully in the form of residual income.
If I were independently wealthy I’d might work exclusively on my own writing projects. Oh, there would still be the occasional ghostwriting project that would catch my attention. After all, part of the joy of ghostwriting is working with interesting folks. But my work would definitely take on a different pace.
And I might keep doing this blog because I enjoy the readers – you – so much.
As it is now, however, I have to divide my efforts.
Working for Writing Clients
I love my clients. Not only the ones I have today and the one’s I’ll have in the future, but the folks who hired me over time. They’ve all helped me support myself and live the life I mostly want to live. Even more than that, almost all of them have taught me something I wouldn’t have learned any other way. And now that I’ve added coaching writers to my list of service I’m having even more fun. It’s great working with other people and other writers.
Having writing clients, however, also means I need to commit serious working time to their projects. Those hours spent writing and coaching also take considerable energy.
All of which means I have less time and energy for my own projects. Don’t get me wrong, I these clients pay me the money I use for my living expenses. I’m grateful. But sometimes it requires some skillful juggling.
Scheduling It All
What can be tough, or so it seems, is to find time for my own writing. It deserves attention just as my writing for clients does.
The only way I’ve found to make sure I’m honoring my own writing as well as my client’s is to block out time for each. Depending on the projects, that may mean finding an hour or so every single working day for me until my project is complete. Other times I’ll find it works better if I do my writing on, for example, Tuesday and Thursday, leaving Monday, Wednesday and Friday for client work.
And sometimes I have to get my own writing done in tiny 10 or 15 minute blocks.
Right now if you looked at my calendar, you’d see time for my own writing – at least an hour – comes right after my first blog entry.Once I’ve completed that hour, I’m free to work on clients or to take previously scheduled coaching calls.
My writing is on my calendar because if I don’t schedule it I tend to put it off forever. And I don’t want to do that.
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