Full Time to Part Time Author
When I was working part-time, I spent 4 to 8 hours per day in front of the computer and I was able to write 4.5 books. Of course, that effort didn’t pay the bills and I eagerly accepted full-time employment when it was offered.
As I transitioned from a full-time author to part-time, I noticed several changes in my writing. The main change, of course, was the amount that I produced. This is a natural result of spending fewer hours per day. However, while my book writing output decreased, my blog writing increased. In addition, the quality of my writing increased.
Why? It takes tremendous focus to write. Obviously, I cannot write while at work and when I get home, my time is special. When I was at home all day, my life didn’t have any structure. Now with a 5-day work week, my writing has adapted to my routine. I spend a measured amount of time blog writing, self-editing and creating new paragraphs for my fifth book. There is a lot more focus and my time is better utilized. This is why I now have a new blog every Wednesday evening. When I was spending 4-8 hours a day writing, my blogs came out monthly.
I also noticed a change in my attitude. Before, my writing was a hobby. Now, it’s an exercise in freedom. My time at home is special and I use this precious time to write. Granted, I probably should be using this precious time to start a business, but that’s another story.
Am I disappointed that I no longer have the freedom to write all day long? I suppose. Writing is fun and I get a lot out of it. I do miss the days filled with endless creativity. There isn’t much freedom in technical writing. Electrons don’t have a sense of humor.
What about the bad parts of full-time writing? My hands hurt a lot from all that typing and I had eye strain. I placed a lot of pressure on myself to succeed and my limited book sales were very hard on me. I had to write 7 days a week to keep from going crazy. Now, I can take my time and the words follow a lot easier. I still have stress, but that is from work and it is to be expected.
Is my life better now? Mentally I’m in a much better place because I can provide for my family. My life also has a lot more structure which is important to me. Granted, I would prefer if I could make decent money from writing. In that effort, I’m going to keep trying and I can see a dim light at the end of a very long tunnel.
You’re the best -Bill
September 26, 2018
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