Money. Burn out. Money? Burn out?

I recently applied and was accepted for a gig that I thought could bring in some extra money. It involved basic web content writing, which I used to do quite a bit of but I got burnt out on quickly. It’s been a few years since then, and I thought “What could it hurt?”

It would have involved so many hours a week, and I was concerned that those hours might be the hours that I use to query other markets, and plan articles. Of course I don’t query as much as I should.

I mulled the gig over with my husband. He told me that he thought it would be regressing, going back to do mindless web content that almost burned me out a few years ago. He was concerned that the cycle would happen all over again. Money. Burn out. My mind was on the money.

Money. Burn out. Money. Burn out. Which to choose?

Well, if I chose the money, the burn out would have most likely followed.

I even called my mom, still mulling it over. She responded, “I know a website you should try. It’s called Writers Remember.”

Touche, Mom!

You see, I started Writers Remember because of my initial burn out, to help encourage other writers delve into their creativity again.

(I have some plans in the works for Writers Remember in the near future, and unfortunately the newsletter has not gone out in a few months, but it will go out again very soon, within the next few weeks!)

So, my choice was not to pursue this gig. Thankfully my husband is happy with what I am already doing, and wants me to be happy and pursue my dreams. I’m harder on myself than he is.

By the way, I know many writer-friends who write web content, and enjoy it. That’s fantastic! I commend you. I just don’t enjoy it, especially not when it’s cheap. I’ll gladly write web content for decent prices, and for specific clients, but I wasn’t looking forward to a certain amount assigned per week, especially since I have other jobs that take priority, and also take a certain amount of hours per week.

Honestly? I was afraid that I wouldn’t end up with much creative time to write and query. So now I’m challenging myself to use the hours that I would have been doing this gig to instead write and query for publications and opportunities that truly pique my interest.

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3 comments on “Money. Burn out. Money? Burn out?
  1. Diane says:

    Glad to hear you stuck with your gut and heart’s desire! I limited my writing opportunities so much for the same reason, that I really couldn’t do it as a living anymore…hence the full-time job. However, I kept one really good paying gig that takes very little of my time, and hope to return to continue with my passion for writing. I believe without the stress of having to use it to pay my bills, I’ll be able to produce some higher-quality stuff…on my toward a book….one day. Some day. Hopefully lol.

  2. Good for you, Julia! And good for your husband–and your mom–for sticking by you and reminding you of what was best for you from past experience!

    Sometimes we’re willing to compromise and do what we don’t really enjoy simply because we need the money, but that can get old very fast. It’s true that there are many people who actually enjoy writing web content–and they’d better, because they must write a great deal of it to make any money!

    It might not be so bad if web content writing weren’t such a low-paying endeavor; but the reality is that it’s much like working on an assembly line because each piece pays so little. I believe it takes a very special person to write web content on a regular basis. Some of us are cut out for this type of writing and some of us aren’t.

    I’m with you!
    Jeanne

  3. Congrats for choosing your sanity over a little extra income. I am currently trying to cut down on certain types of work, myself. Although I do a lot of web content writing, I prefer the web content that doesn’t necessarily feel like writing web content, as I also burn out easily on the mindless varieties. I also — go figure — prefer the higher-paying content gigs. I am currently in the process of weeding out gigs that I don’t like and that don’t pay enough to make it worthwhile.

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