Everybody has a different reason for becoming a writer, and not every writer becomes a gazillion selling world famous Novelist. Some writers started writing at an early age. They say their writing just flowed out of them as natural as a river flows through the countryside.
For others it is a different story. Journeys had to be made, mountains had to be climbed, dreams were fulfilled, and then lost. Only then did they put pen to paper and start to write. Maybe for fame. Maybe as therapy, or maybe as fun. I was more the middle one. I started to write because I wanted to reflect on the last fifteen years of a supposed spiritual adventure, or life journey. I wondered what it all meant, and also because the best advice I could find when first becoming a writer, was write what you know.
I didn’t realize that two years later I would still be writing the same story, and that this journey as a writer, was as demanding as the spiritual journey, or life’s path that we all take. If I knew then what I knew now, I would never started in the first place.
Writing to be free isn’t just about creative freedom but also about financial freedom. The idea of becoming a writer wasn’t just about the creative process of writing, but also about the freedom that writing can give you. As a fully paid up freelance writer I would be able to move and roam to my heart’s content. In today’s technological world all you need is a laptop, an internet connection, or cafe, and voila! you are off.
You can wake up in the morning with no specific time and then head off to a favourite cafe to start your work. Then move on to another as you wish. Bored with the endless rain. Jump on a cheap flight to Spain and continue your work in the sunshine.
Writing to be free is about the steps I took to become a financially successful writer. I am not talking millions, not necessarily thousands but just enough to get by. I am from the old writing school of live poor, and write young. I don’t need hundreds a week to get by, just enough to pay the rent and hop on a cheap flight to Spain or Amsterdam when the mood takes me.
There are the two sides to the writing game. The creative writing side which involves me writing what comes from my heart for my own pleasure. I hope to have my books published one day but can’t guarantee that will happen, and if it does it may provide me with just an average wage. It still beats doing something you don’t want to do. The aim here is to get by on enough and live free and simple. You don’t need millions to sit by a beach in Spain and earn money writing.
Then there is the professional side. This involves copywriting. Writing brochures, sales letters, white papers, and articles. It may not be the most romantic vision you had of yourself as a writer but you will be able to earn good money that will still give you your freedom to write your creative stuff without having to take on that life sucking job at the office.
I have slowly plugged away at the business side for two years, and I do mean slowly because as I say I only take what I need to get by on. So if I am hanging out at my parents apartment in Spain then I just need the cash for food, beer, and flowers for my Mum as I fight of accusations if being a beach bum.
I have just finished writing for a large corporation and the payment was 200 a day. Not bad for six page document. I’m off for a Marguerites and a nice tan by the pool. Bye.