Writer’s Log #20: Making Time

By Joe Dyton

Ugh, I’m so embarrassed by how long it’s been since I’ve written a new post. I guess if there’s a positive to my lack of blog posts is that the reason is I’ve been busy writing. I have a pair of steady freelance gigs that have kept me busy when I get home from my day job. Between the 9 to 5 and my freelance writing, I just haven’t had the time to blog like I had hoped.

Unfortunately, the other thing my writing schedule as cut down on is my marketing. I’ve dedicated so much time to working on articles when I get home at night, I have been unable to send out Letters of Interest and resumes at the rate I had been before I started getting work. The thing is, I need to be doing that. Right now, the two steady gigs I have make for a nice supplement to my full-time salary. However, I want my freelance income to get to the point that it could support me on a full-time basis if need be. I know that won’t happen unless I start knocking on doors again and asking for work. As much as I would like it to be the case, work isn’t just going to fall into my lap.

So for the past couple of months, I’ve just chalked up my lack of blogging and marketing to, “I’m too busy working, I don’t have time for anything else.” Well, today, I decided that’s no longer a valid excuse. I need to carve out time each night to putting more posts on the blog and marketing my writing services. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance the full-time job/freelance writing/marketing/blogging quagmire. 

I’d love to open this up to you, my readers. If you’re a full-time employee and a freelance writer, or if you were a full-timer who wrote on the side and now freelance full-time, how do you/did you make time for your job, freelance work and to continue marketing? After a full day’s work, how did you get up the energy to get back in front of a computer and start writing all over again? Did you ever take vacation days from your day job to catch up on freelance writing? Please leave any tips, suggestions, stories in the comments section below!

I also wanted to pose another question. I interview people who work at various companies for a lot of the articles I write. I’m not only a freelance journalist, but I’m a freelance copywriter, too. Is it in bad taste to ask sources for my articles about doing writing for their companies? Any insight on this would be much appreciated!

Thank you for reading. It’s been far too long since I’ve done this and it feels great to be back. From now on, I’m going to make time to post here, even if I don’t have it.

The Links:

Gideon Thomas shares how he turned his writing hobby into a career.

Allison VanNest offers a few tips on how to land more freelance writing jobs as a beginner.

Kirsty Stuart has seven reasons freelance writing clients aren’t hiring you.

Christopher Cuna gives you self-motivation tricks to bring your business to a reality.

Joe Dyton (@dyton99) is a freelance journalist and copywriter in Washington, DC. He may be reached at dytonwande@gmail.com.


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