Let's start with what a writer's life shouldn't be because that's where most of us have found ourselves.
A Writer's Life Shouldn't Be...
A life you only dream about. If you're a writer, then you should be writing - and not just when the kids are asleep or the workload from your day job doesn't zap all your energy leaving you with about an hour's worth of time in the evening after the dinner dishes are done.
A life you only read about. Stephen King says, "Writer's do two things; they read a lot and write a lot." Reading is only one half of the formula behind the writer's existence. If you're only reading about the lives of other writers, then you're missing out on half of what your life should be.
Postponed until your golden years. F*ck the golden years concept. You could die tomorrow or next year and then how much would that concept be worth? A writer writes - and that's a present tense verb.
A second-rate priority. If you know in your heart-of-hearts and at the deepest core level of your soul that you are, indeed and undoubtedly, a writer, then it should be your absolute top vocational priority; not something you have to make time for and not something that you might get to on a weekend.
A cube-dweller's dream. It's a crime against your humanity, your creativity, and your art to sacrifice your life for the sake of a job that trades your time for a paltry sum of money. Your employer doesn't care about you or your art. Only you can elevate your writing, your art, your calling to the level of of an all-consuming passion.
A Writer's Life Should Be...
An all-consuming passion that penetrates the interspaces of your life. Your writing should occupy your mind 24/7. It should be the first thing you do after getting coffee, even before brushing your teeth. An hour's worth of coffee-laden dragon breath never killed anyone. It should invade your thoughts during the shower and keep you (sometimes) from being present in conversation.
An active pursuit that fuels travel. It should take you to new places and meet new people. It should get you out of your head and immersed in the experiences the world holds - it's drama, poignancy, heartbreak, and happiness. It should be the vehicle, along with lovemaking and cooking, that you should approach with wild abandonment.
The reason you awaken each morning. Yes, children and significant others play a part, but being a parent and spouse or partner are roles that we play. Being writer isn't a role; it's the calling of the Universe forever pulling you toward your greatest contribution an evolution as a writer. It needs to be given its due.
Emotionally rewarding and creatively fulfilling. It should fill your soul to the brim and overflow with gratitude when you realize that you have the opportunity day after day to create and to publish. It should rend your heart (albeit in a good way) to know that each time you push a post to your platform that there are people reading, caring, and being fed by what you write. It should feed your very soul to be a writer pursuing her art each and every day.
Financially sustaining and profitable. Writer's can and do make great money if they design their pursuit in the minimalist business (MB) model. Jeff Walker talks about 'hope marketing,' a concept of writing or producing something and just hoping someone will buy it. That's the old school writer's world and it produced million of starving writers each year. Your writer's life should be one that consistently creates revenue while helping other people at the same time, all the while founded on the clear knowledge of what your audience wants and needs before your create it. That's how a MB works and thrives.
One that generates goodwill and deep meaning. As a writer you have been given an awesome responsibility as well as a humbling opportunity. The responsibility lies in fulfilling your destiny by identifying and pursuing your deepest work. The opportunity is to help others in the process. One cannot exist without the other if you are to be a writer that lives and thrives.
How to Create the Writing Life Your Deserve
In my experience, a MB that solves a painful problem for a targeted group of people who are willing to pay you for the solutions is the only way to truly thrive as a writer.
You could get lucky I suppose...and write the next blockbuster sensation...but really....your chances of doing that are slim to none. It's a false dream that writing magazines and workshops have pushed on us as dreamers. It isn't a feasible option and you, in that heart-of-hearts, already know what I'm saying is true.
The only way to create a sustainable and profitable writing career is to do so in the form of a MB. It creates each of the experiences I listed above regarding what your writer's life should be. And it's not rocket science. You can do this and I'm going to be here to help you each step of the way.
You don't have to be super knowledgeable about business to want to help others. Being helpful an caring enough to help others succeed is how a thriving MB works. It's built on the premise that you have something valuable to offer (because you do...even if you don;t know what it is right now) others that will help them overcome a painful problem.
Your readers want to repay you for your care and giving. Giving to your readers creates a sense of reciprocity and by sharing your advice and tips in your writing on your platform, they will feel compelled to give back to you in some way. It could be through joining your email list, purchasing your book, enrolling in your webinar or workshop, or booking you as a coach or speaker.
Sharing your experiences -via writing, speaking, video, or information products- is how you use your calling as a writer to create this amazing dynamic that exists between you and your audience.
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