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.”
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.