For a lot of people, writing is more than just a hobby – it’s a passion. And for many writers, the dream is to make writing their full-time job. But what if you can’t or don’t want to quit your day job? How do you balance writing with everything else in your life? In this blog post, we will share four tips that will help part-time writers achieve success while still juggling all the other things they have going on!
Make Time for Writing
This may seem obvious, but it’s essential to schedule time for writing in your week. If you don’t make time for it, it will never happen. You can start small by setting aside 30 minutes each day or a couple of hours each week. And if you find that you can’t stick to your schedule, try setting some specific goals for what you want to accomplish during your writing time. For example, “I will write 500 words today” or “I will finish my chapter by the end of the week.” Making time for writing is important, but so is making sure that you have enough downtime too. Balance is key!
Find Your Ideal Writing Environment
For some people, the perfect writing environment is a quiet coffee shop with a laptop and a latte. For others, it’s a comfortable spot at home with their favorite tunes playing in the background. And for some, it’s sitting in front of a blank wall in utter silence! The important thing is to figure out what works best for you and then do your best to create that environment whenever possible. If you can’t always control your surroundings (like if you have noisy roommates or kids), try using noise-canceling headphones or earplugs to help you focus. And if you find yourself getting distracted by social media or other online distractions, there are plenty of apps and programs that can help you block them out so you can stay focused on your writing. Finding your ideal writing environment will take some trial and error, but it’s worth it to find a place where you can really focus on your work.
Once you’ve found your perfect spot, it’s important to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself while you’re there. That means staying hydrated and fed! Make sure to have plenty of water or coffee (or tea!) on hand and snacks nearby, so you don’t have to take too many breaks. And if possible, try to get up and move around every once in a while too – sitting in one spot for too long is not good for your health!
Set Some Goals
Part of making time for writing is setting some goals for yourself. What do you want to accomplish with your writing? Do you want to finish a novel? Write a script for a movie? Get published in a magazine? No matter what your goal is, it’s important to have something to work towards. Having specific goals will help you stay motivated and on track, and it will also give you something to measure your progress. Some writers like to set word count goals, while others prefer to focus on finishing a certain number of pages each day or week. And if you’re working on a longer project, it can be helpful to break it down into smaller goals, so you don’t feel overwhelmed. For example, if you’re writing a novel, your goal could be to write one chapter per week. No matter what kind of goals you set for yourself, make sure they are realistic and achievable. There’s nothing worse than setting an impossible goal and then beating yourself up when you don’t reach it!
If you want to be a professional writer, it’s important to understand the business side of things. And one of the best ways to do that is by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN will allow you to connect to the internet from anywhere in the world, which is great if you’re traveling or working from home. It will also give you access to different markets and allow you to research your competition. Plus, it can help you stay anonymous online, which is important if you’re worried about privacy. For example, if you are a full-time teacher during the day but want to do research during your off period or break, VPN for school wifi will give you the ability to do so without worrying about your school’s security system.
These are just a few tips that can help you balance writing with everything else in your life. Of course, what works for you may not work for someone else, so it’s essential to experiment and find what works best for you. But the most important thing is to just keep writing! The more you do it, the easier it will become. And who knows – maybe one day you’ll even be able to quit your day job and pursue writing full-time!
* Collaboration with FATJOE Publishing.
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I follow most of these tips, but had not considered using VPN the way you describe. Great info.
BTW, posts like this do well on Medium.com. Do you write on Medium?