Recently, a colleague asked “Since you are so happy writing, shouldn’t you be doing it full time when you ever retire?”
I answered when that day ever arrives, I would consider it but would not likely to do so. This seems like a great topic for a blog.
Why full-time writing is a better option:
A full-time writer in theory would have the following advantages:
- Some feel that this makes their efforts more real and gives them a higher status.
- They can dedicate more time to their works or produce more works in a shorter time period.
- They can do a deeper research on a topic.
- They can take advantage of various social and online resources that part-time writers cannot.
- It may be more rewarding in other ways for a few of us.
Why part-time writing is a better option:
A part-time writer in theory would have the following advantages:
- Writing is seen as special and not as a job.
- A part-time writer can do pretty much a full-time writer can in terms of output, research, and using online resources. It just takes longer.
- Writing in smaller time periods keeps things fresh.
- They have more time to do other things.
The advantage and disadvantage of this choice are different for each person depending on economic circumstances, personality, desire to write, self-discipline, and writing topics covered. Also, what may be a clear path to choose one day may look like a bad selection the next.
So reflect on what will work best for you. Because writing is always a journey, an ongoing process, and never a single point in time.
It has been several months since I have produced a blog. I was getting Missed Landing out the door, and started on what will be the second edition of Simply Business/IT and that is when I got into deep trouble.
The Trap of a Scarcity Viewpoint
I thought it would be nice to add a new short story about business leadership and pirating, It was to be called Command & Control. Write it in 2-3 weeks and all would be good. But the writing did not yield itself to a timely completion. A first draft from one character’s viewpoint was initiated. Then a second draft was rewritten from another character’s worldview. Things were looking dire. The self-imposed deadline was not going to be met. And there was much more still to write in this story.
The Trap of Impatience
So due to an imaginary deadline and pre-conceived notions of what this story should be like, an impatient mind might think they were in trouble and scrap the work completely. That is what would be the likely outcome for some writers. But I took a different approach and came from a viewpoint of abundance and patience. I decided to split the two efforts:
- Complete the editing of Simply Business/IT without the story. This should be published in a few weeks.
- Take as much time as needed to write Command and Control. By doing so, I decided to transform the story into a book, and did a third rewrite with a new opening and making each of the previous rewrites into separate chapters. It has been going swimmingly ever since. And an accidental book came forth.
So the Lessons Learned are:
- You never really know what journey a work will take you on.
- Patience and dropping of pre-conceived notions on outcome or schedule will yield better and stronger results. Just write and write some more without expectations.
What a great way to start 2016. Wishing you nothing but success on your writing journeys!