As you may know, I have recently finished my MSc. I am now in the process of transitioning to being a writer full time (or, well, as close to full time as my sanity will allow, with a second job soon to be in the works). And it’s harder than I thought.
I write a lot. I can put together a full draft of a novel in about three months. I do multiple novels a year and sometimes I do multiple projects at once, still within my three month time frame. So I’m pretty good at getting words down on paper. But making it my full time job? It takes a different mindset than I’ve had in the past.
Now, writing isn’t my escape into a world I love more than my current one. It is my passion and my job. And putting those two together can be hard. Now, I have to get my writing done because my career depends on it. I have to do social media posts and prepare marketing strategies. I have to script videos and plan out my schedule for projects for the next year. It’s a lot more to think about than I expected.
Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely believe I made the right choice. Writing is everything I wanted to do with my life, ever since I was a little girl. I just never expected there to be so much that goes into writing as a career. I am constantly learning and figuring things out. I am making connections and navigating a new world.
And I am trying to figure out how to manage my time properly so that I can still breathe a bit at the end of the day.
To do that, I have discovered that even if I’m in a bad mood and don’t think writing is in the cards, if I can get a few hundred words down, then I feel productive. Honestly, a few hundred words often turns into a thousand words, sometimes two. But getting the words down is the big thing. I can edit them later. I can add more or delete the lot later. But this is my job. There’s no more sulking around because I don’t feel like writing, even when I know what I want to write. Those few hundred words matter a lot.
This transition is going to take some getting used to. But I’m glad I did it.