Before I start, I have a confession to make. For a long time now, I have been quite angry with my progress as a writer. Although I do celebrate my successes every now and then, I have been quite ungrateful for how I am progressing as a writer.
Unlike a few lucky people on this platform, I have not had an article earn loads of money. I also do not get thousands of views every day which guarantees me a steady income.
Although I have been on this platform for just over a year, I am still having to work tremendously hard to earn a small amount of money. And my confession is that this has been bothering me for quite some time now.
There have been many times when I felt like giving up. However, in my darkest times, I often get a glimmer of hope. That may be a kind comment on my article or someone adding my story to their list.
I make this confession because I am sure I am not the only one feeling like this. Over the past week, I have begun to finally think about why I have been feeling the way I have.
After all, I am not in competition with anyone, and writing is something I have chosen to do in my spare time. Also, the money is not even the main reason I got into writing anyway. Nevertheless, I was still bothered by it.
I am not sure if I am speaking for myself here, but content creation is hard, especially writing. It takes a lot of energy, and it can often feel like a punch in the face when your work earns no more than a few pennies.
However, I have found having a change of perspective to be helpful when writing. Although money is a secondary aim for me, I know that is not the case for all.
So, I have found a simple yet profound solution to how we can journey to financial freedom without being derailed by our lack of monetary gain.
Money Is a Great Motivator but a Bad Companion
The majority of people that start writing on this platform are here because they see the monetary benefit. They were probably looking for a side hustle and came across writing as a good option.
I have seen many videos, articles and social influencers promoting their success on this platform. And it is one of the reasons why one of my friends embarked on trying to write too.
Money can motivate us to do many things. It causes millions of people in the UK to buy a lottery ticket every day, even with the chances being next to nothing for them to win. And it motivates people to get a job and be productive.
Money does make the world go around, and in times of economic struggle, it even has a stronger pull. Many people are struggling to make ends meet due to rising prices, and any little money can help.
So, in times when the economy is unsettled, people are more likely to take on riskier activities for money. That means investing in speculative assets or pursuing side hustles.
At the start, money tends to get us going, but that is as far as it takes us. Unlike a good companion that supports you all the way, money just gets you to the starting line. It is then left up to us to push ourselves to the finish line through other mechanisms that can keep us going.
Unfortunately, there is always a way that you can make more money. And many of them are easily accessible to you. The question you have to ask is if you are willing to take the path to get there.
You could get a higher paying job, work more hours, do day trade, and many more. Writing in your spare time has an opportunity cost associated with it, and it has quite a huge one if your primary aim is money.
There are so many more opportunities that will make you way more money than writing. And if you are in it for the money, you will find that you will quickly lose interest.
Making Writing Your Friend
I found that every time I made money my primary focus, I began to see writing as distasteful. Other options for making money became more desirable, and I started to lose interest in each article I wrote.
My best times as a writer came when I chose to make my writing my primary aim. And that means trying to get better at writing every single day. It is about dedicating time to identifying the gaps in your skills and building your relationship with your writing.
As you embark on this journey to become financially free through your writing, it makes all the sense in the world to build a relationship with it. Too often, I found myself being short-sighted and only focusing on the money. But it is my writing that is part of my identity and will remain with me with or without money.
It is easy to forget that every piece of writing you put out there will last for as long as the web exists. And I can imagine that to be a very long time. Our writing is part of who we are, and when we focus on nurturing that relationship we become better.
Making writing our friend takes the focus off what we can get from our writing and puts the focus on what we can give to our writing. With this new change of perspective, I have found it easier to remain consistent and find value in my writing.
Building a Relationship That Will Last Forever
Making getting better at writing your primary aim will allow you to build a relationship that will last. As I focus on improving my writing, my attitude towards it and my output continue to improve.
Like every relationship, there will be ups and downs. And there will be times when you wish things were better or feel discouraged by your results.
However, relationships that last are the ones that value each other and consistently work on improving them. That may mean arguments and disagreements, but it also means resilience and passion.
So, make becoming better writing your primary aim. You will find the value in writing and the joy it brings. Like every relationship, the benefits are splendid, but the individual should be why you are there to stay.
So, focus on the money later. But before that, build strong relationships with your writing.