Getting Paid for Writing is NOT Enough

Every day I write multiple articles that I receive compensation for doing. They cover travel, politics, finances, and so much more. I’m learning a lot AND making a decent income.

This morning, as I was fixing my coffee, I began to wonder about what I’m doing. Is my writing gift just a way to make money? Or am I suppose to do more with what I have?

I know the answer, but I don’t want to face it. It’s easier to settle into the status quo of getting and depositing a paycheck. The idea of moving past the comfortable is just, well . . . uncomfortable.

Most writers want to make money from what they are writing. I am there. Granted, I’m not making thousands of dollars for each article I spit out. Much of what I write doesn’t even have my name on it (which does hurt my feelings on many days). But I’m a paid writer which is a dream I have had since I remember dreaming.

Still, I’m committing to do more. I will do what I know to do DESPITE what I need to do. That means blogging here at least twice a day – about life or writing or money. That means sending out queries for articles. That means having my novel printed up (about 5 to 10 copies) to let others critique so that it can be made ready for market. That means working on the other novel ideas that are swimming around my head – before they (or I) drown.

It is possible to get there. It just means making a few adjustments to the “me” schedule.

1. Cut out the after lunch break. Despite my excuses, no one needs three hours to “get their mind refocused.”

2. Start earlier. If I actually get up when my alarm goes off then I have plenty of time to get most of my work done BEFORE the family day gets started.

3. Make writing a habit not a hobby. Even though I write for pay every day, I don’t write the stories that are part of my heart. There needs to be a time where that is the only thing that I’m focused on doing.

These are three things that I will focus my energy on doing every day for the next 27 days. By the end of February, I will be more than a paid writer. I will be a paid writer who is a good steward over all my talents.

Kathryn Lang

#Hope builder. #Dream inspirer. Master of “it’s all about #relationships.” Aficionado of inappropriate laughter, Kathryn Lang believe we can all fly and works to help others find the time to make their dreams come true. She shares with people that are trying to walk the tightrope of family, work, and faith – and keep them all in the right balance. Contact Kathryn today to speak or teach at your next event.

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