Challenges of part-time writing
Life feels like a busy circus the moment you step out of high school. Once you start working, move towns or start preparing for higher education, you get occupied with all sorts of things. And still, end up doing very little. Millennials keep their schedules close and their procrastination closer. Sun Tzu would be disappointed in those who want to write a book but haven’t finished even a line yet.
You have to start sometime and the time is now! In our previous blog post, we discussed how you could make part-time writing a launchpad for your writing aspirations and also make it your side hustle. This week let’s take a look at what are some of the challenges you might have to face as a part-time writer.
The biggest resource we have is exhausted in so many activities and appointments that we seldom get to do what we really love doing. Writing is an activity which demands a lot of time. And the kind of time you devote to it along with your day job just does not seem enough.
You are never going to “find” time to write, you are going to have to make time to write your book.
The sense of peace that settles in once you meet your deadlines in liberating. When you don’t meet deadlines (and this happens a lot when writing part-time) you feel infuriated – with yourself, your work and your life. It hampers your productivity evermore.
EDITING AND PROOFREADING
Most writers are not equipped with the skills or the time to efficiently edit and proofread their work. A fresh perspective is a must to do that. That’s why even the most gifted writers hire professional editors to edit their books.
Self-publishing authors and part-timers often skip this process of having their books professionally edited because hiring a good editor comes at a cost that might seem too great to someone who is juggling multiple professions at the same time.
PaperTrue understands this issue. That’s why we provide our editing services at a cost affordable to every writer out there.
Landing writing gigs is a demanding task. You have to put yourself out there and meet leaders in the real world and connect with them on the virtual world to showcase your work and convince them to hire you for their next project.
You are blessed if an editor likes your work and approaches you to write for their next magazine article. But when you approach one, it can be onerous to impress them and get yourself a deal.
MAINTAINING A FLOW
There’s nothing like “being in the zone” for athletes, as well as writers. Ideas flow naturally, time disappears, and the story seems to write itself. Famous authors choose to become hermits for some time just to get the required peace to bring out the best in them. Such are the dreams of part-timer writers.
Writing in a flow becomes rarified with all the preoccupations that you are caught up with. Inconsistencies, plot holes, and lack of logical connections start to form in the story unbeknownst to the writer. When all such faults are pointed out by beta readers, all the rewriting and editing can cause you frustration and hurt your confidence.
Priorities keep shifting when you pursue part-time professions. Your focus today is finishing a short story, by tomorrow you are on a flight to attend a conference. And that’s how your focus goes right out of the window.
Part-time or full-time, all writers yearn to establish themselves critically and commercially. With so many things to take care of, the path to being acclaimed in the writing world becomes prolonged.
Whatever it is you are writing – novels, novellas, short stories, self-help books, instructional books, self-publishing e-books or writing blogs, it takes time and experience to make them noteworthy of recognition and success. This requires a considerable amount of patience.
Time is a crucial factor in the realities of part-time writing. If you can structure your time – plan, organize and prioritize it effectively, you can evade all these challenges.
For editing and proofreading, you can trust PaperTrue to help you meet deadlines and put an elegant finish to everything you write.
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