The Perfect Marriage of Sacrifice and Time

When you have all the time in world, you really don’t. And when you don’t learn the meaning of sacrifice, you will take things for granted.

Following up on the topic, I wrote about the other day, what price are you willing to pay to “make it?” What is the true meaning of sacrifice to you?

Have you ever imagined your life as the writer you want to be? I’m sure you have, it’s only natural to see yourself doing well and making the dream a reality. But do you ever think of what you’re willing to give up or sacrifice to get there?

Most people don’t. And that’s because it doesn’t fit into our “plan,” of what we see for ourselves. Nobody says, “oh I dreamed about how famous I will be when I write that book I keep promising to write. And… I saw myself struggling to make ends meet while I slaved over my computer day in and day out to write it,”.

The Problem with the “Big Picture”

The problem is the “bigger” picture is the one we need to focus on if we want to move ahead. You could apply this to anything in life. Nobody gets anywhere that’s worth it for free. There is always a price to pay, whether that be time with your friends or family, or not being able to buy what you want on a strict budget.

Sacrifice is part of the package, like it or not. And most people don’t like it, not at all.

That said, however, there are some rare occasions where sometimes you’re given a free pass. And that can present its own set of problems, such as getting too much of a good thing and taking it for granted. And that happened to me. I was offered a writing gig for doing nothing more than owning a blog. Yep, it happens. It’s rare, but it happens.

Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Disastrous

So what did I learn from that experience? Well, I learned that sometimes, you can become too big for your own boots. You can become selfish. You can become someone that thinks everything will be smooth sailing because you lucked out once.

And while I didn’t exactly squander that time away, I wasn’t looking any further ahead than the next hour in the day. And that was a mistake. I went with the flow and figured it’d last for a long time. I was wrong, and it didn’t, and I was unprepared for the fallout of my misjudgment.

It left me with no job, no prospects of getting another one, and I was down and out for a while.

And Herein Endeth the Lesson

When you think about your time, your future, your next step, it’s smart to plan for every situation, including the bad. If I had known better, I would have planned my way through that experience. I was young and naïve. I was happy until I wasn’t, and it sucked.

Try to capture the “good” of any situation for as long as you can but always be ready for the black clouds and the storm with a great umbrella.

When you have all the time in the world, you never think about it ending. And if you don’t learn the importance of sacrifice, you’ll take yourself, your situation and others for granted.

If or when you land that writing gig you’re chasing, be a smarter person than I was and you’ll (probably) do just fine.

If you have had similar experiences, let me know in the comments. I’m keen to read your stories of success and failure and everything in-between. Hit me up in the comments or drop me a line right here.

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Welcome to My New Followers!

I’d like to welcome all my new followers to The Broken Quill and to give you a bit of a heads-up about the content I blog about here.

Not everyone is looking for a multi-topic blog, but I’ve found over the years that sticking to one topic, at least for me, doesn’t fit with my personality.

I like to mix things up a little, so I think it’s only fair you know precisely what type of content you’ll see from me.

Pop culture and entertainment writing are in my blood. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. After studying for my journalism qualification with the NZIB, I could turn my lifelong pursuit into a freelance career.

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I’ve written for many media outlets, including video game websites, gaming magazines, technology websites, comic book websites, you name it, I’ve probably done it!

This blog is what I call my “writing hub” where I write about writing itself, both non-fiction and fiction, movies, streaming TV shows, and just about anything else in writing or popular culture.

I am a huge movie nerd, a semi-serious bookworm and a lover of all things Star Wars. If you’re interested in my pursuits taking place in a galaxy far, far away, you can visit my Star Was blog here.

So thank you for visiting my humble little corner of the internet. I hope you’ll stay for the rest of the journey wherever the writing path may take us!

 

Blog Themes Can Be Quite the Challenge

Pro Tip: Make sure you test your blog’s features before you decide on a blog theme!

I’ve recently updated both of my blogs with different themes. I did this both for aesthetic and functionality reasons. My star wars creativity blog really needed a theme that was more aesthetic and pleasing on a visual level because I use a lot of images.

After more testing it looks like I have somehow broken the excerpt functionality in this theme.

I’ll have to have a think about it and see what I can do.

Do any of my readers have any suggestions for blog themes that cater to writing/review blog content? Please let me know in the comments if you do.

So off I go to look at themes and hopefully, find one that works!

Website Poll – Please Read!

I thought it might be an excellent idea to reach out to the people who read my content rather than “wing it” with a guess and hope for the best.

 

Hi everyone! I hope you are all staying safe and staying creative with your free time.
As mentioned yesterday, I’m doing a little social experiment regarding website content.

I thought it might be an excellent idea to reach out to the people who read my content rather than “wing it” with a guess and hope for the best.

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Diary of a Freelancer – May 2020

Just a quick post about what I’ve been doing on the writing front for this month so far.

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Just a quick post about what I’ve been doing on the writing front. As mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve started on Cristian Mihai’s The Art of Blogging Free Course. I’ll write a more in-depth post about this later on, but so far, it’s been straightforward and easy to follow.

Second, I am conducting a small cross-site writing experiment to gage information on content-specific posts so I can get a better idea of what my audience wants to read. And I’ll blog about this process once I complete the experiment. I’ll also be running a few polls to get more information.

I’m also planning a detailed post all about freelance writing on Medium, which I’ll be looking forward to writing.

And lastly, I spent a sizeable chunk of my time today changing and rearranging things on this blog to make it easier to navigate. And I’ve made other changes, which I’ll blog about in a later post.

How are you getting on with your own writing? Anything engaging to talk about? Please leave me comments about your personal writing journey as I’ll be keen to read them!

Until the next post, stay safe and keep writing!

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The Art of Blogging – Free Course

This course looks legitimate, and I think it will benefit anyone no matter what level of experience you may have.

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Hello everyone. I hope you are all well and safe.

I just wanted to make a quick post about a free blogging course that is up for grabs from Cristian Mihai on WordPress. Cristian is a well-known blogging entrepreneur on the WordPress blogging platform. He has thousands of followers, and he is willing to give his advice for free in this course.

I usually wouldn’t sign up as I am a little reserved about signing up for things online. But this course looks legitimate, and I think it will benefit anyone no matter what level of experience you may have.

I’m going to work through this course myself, and while it might take me a while to complete it, I will be blogging about it here. So if you’ve got doubts, I’ll be reviewing it lesson by lesson.

If you’re interested, keep an eye out for my Art of Blogging posts coming up. If you’re keen to check out the course, you can do so right here.

Until my next post, keep safe and keep writing!

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Diary of a Freelancer – Upwork

I’ve always wanted to capture the process of freelancing as I experience it. The goal is to help others who may be having the same doubts or pitfalls that I’ve had and to hopefully, help them out of those situations.

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Hello everyone. I hope you are doing well and your family and everyone you know is safe.

I just wanted to catch up and update everyone with what I’ve been up to for the last couple of months by using a “series” of posts titled “Diary of a Freelancer”. I’ve always wanted to capture freelancing as I experience it. The goal is to help others who may have the same doubts or pitfalls that I’ve had and to hopefully, help them out of those situations. And to help me come to terms mentally through the tougher parts of this journey.

I have been busy behind the scenes, so-to-speak, trying out unfamiliar things which included writing for Medium and having curated success with my first post, and also using Upwork.

I wasn’t sure of anything when I started, and now that I have had time to work through those things, I can honestly say, if you’re a writer that respects what you do, please don’t use Upwork.

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Let me explain…

Upwork can be great for getting paid gigs as a freelancer. However, if you’re new to Upwork, you will struggle to begin with as you bid for jobs. This is because most of the employers that use Upwork are primarily looking for someone cheap to hire. Forget whatever rates you were used to charging, that won’t work on Upwork if you’re new.

You could be in this “rut” for months before you gain the exposure you need to earn well-paid gigs, and even then it’s hit and miss. This was an entirely unfamiliar process for me as a writer. Employers and businesses have hired me as a freelance contractor, consultant and editor in my career, so I haven’t had to “bid” for jobs that paid next to nothing for the work. To give you an example, it’s common to be asked to write 1000 words for less than $5.00 NZD. Those rates are terrible. And if you’re just starting out as a freelancer, you’re probably already at breaking point financially or you’re close to it.

Upwork also charge (around) $20.00USD monthly to use their services, so take that into consideration too if you sign up.

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So while those offers weren’t acceptable to me and my current situation, there are plenty of other freelancers who will get paid next to nothing for their work. You will compete with hundreds of other freelancers like this. It’s tough, and you need to be ready for a serious commitment if you want to go the distance on Upwork.

I’d also like to say that while I frown on that process, I do not feel this way about any freelancers who use Upwork to get work. You do what you have to do to make ends meet. I think that has a lot to do with whether writers will thrive or fail on Upwork. If you’re broke already, I wouldn’t consider it. But again, each to their own. I respect and admire anyone that can get this process to work for them.

I spent around two months of my time on Upwork and while I didn’t bid every single day; I was constantly checking for gigs that suited my experience level daily and bidding on those jobs I thought were a suitable fit for me as a writer. I was a lot pickier about the gigs I bid for. Most freelancers on Upwork are not.

As I mentioned earlier, this was a novel experience, but it helped to reiterate exactly why I love writing and why freelancing is so challenging. Without this challenging aspect present daily, there’d be no reason to try your best or to push yourself to succeed. It is every bit a blessing and a curse.

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I know what I will absolutely not do for money. That is one key takeaway from this experience. However, if an opportunity presented itself that was in alignment with what I really want to do, all bets are off!

I’m chalking it up to a lesson learned and setting my sights on target for what I really want, and that is to continue being an entertainment freelance journalist.

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