The Ups and Downs of Making a Living Writing

Making a Living Writing takes dedication and patience

I’m really bummed because I haven’t been able to update this blog as often as I’d like since I moved it over to WordPress. I really did have plans to post more frequently, but since moving the blog, I’ve gained more new clients through oDesk, and they have kept me busy.

As all you other writers out there know, we wouldn’t be making a living writing if it weren’t for our clients, right? And my motto has always been to put my clients first. After all, they’re the ones who pay my bills, so my blog and other personal projects have to wait a little while. Putting personal projects and your blog aside for paying clients is one of the drawbacks to making a living writing.

The Advantages of Making a Living Writing

Although it can be frustrating to let personal projects sit, there are many good things for those who choose writing as their career. Other than the paychecks, here are two big positives to making a living writing:

1. Interacting with other entrepreneurs. I love working for business owners, SEO companies and bloggers, because I get to know them better. Plus sharing business advice gives us all the chance to learn from one another.

2. Staying motivated. Although I sometimes find myself lacking time to work on my own projects, most of my clients are successful, and their success and determination to reach new heights motivates me to make the time for my own projects.

What is it that you enjoy about making a living writing?

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2 Responses to “The Ups and Downs of Making a Living Writing”

  • Hi Misti – found your blog and web site while burning the midnight oil tonight and wanted to let you know that I’ve enjoyed reading about the life of a freelance writer. I just joined oDesk as a result of finding your site and hope to pick up some clients soon.

    I currently write small group curriculum for my church, but have written lots of web content for blogs and sites over the years.

    I also recently formed a Christian writers’ group called Inspired Ink.

    Thanks again for your great site!

  • Jan, welcome to my blog!

    I hope you have just as much success with oDesk as I’ve had. It really is a great place to gain clients, and if you charge by the hour, the pay is guaranteed. You can read more about my oDesk experience as well as learn more about gaining clients through oDesk here.

    I visited your blog and liked what I read so far. As soon as I have more free time, I plan to return to read more.

    Many blessings,
    Misti Sandefur

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