What The Writer’s Life Really Means …
When many aspiring writers first start pursuing the dream of the writer’s life, it’s usually about one thing: the money.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. You can make a great living writing copy.
But if you think about it, the great income is a “surface benefit” of the writer’s life. And in the end, it’s not what we really want.
What we really want is what money brings. It’s what AWAI calls the “deeper benefit.”
The deeper benefits like freedom. An ultra-flexible schedule. Instant retirement. A stress-free lifestyle. The means to live your life how you want … not how some boss dictates it.
Over the next four days, I’m going to share some heartwarming and inspirational stories of copywriters living their lives how they choose …
But today, I want to share mine.
For me, the writer’s life means saving myself decades of stress and frustration when it comes to my career.
I’m only 24. But while attending college, I discovered that I have no patience for corporations so bloated they can’t make individual, logical decisions. I also realized I didn’t want to work for small companies where I had no personal investment in how well they did.
Technically, that means I’m “unemployable” by the 9-to-5 workaday standards. I am too blunt … too honest … and far too opinionated to work under someone who thinks I have no value.
Plus, there’s far too much I want to do to waste time doing anything I don’t enjoy. For me, the writer’s life is the only way to live.
It means taking over four weeks off to travel throughout the year … from London to Seattle, Chicago to Santa Fe, and finally to Delray Beach.
Recently, it meant rushing Jackson (my fiancé) to the Emergency Room at 4 a.m. and not worrying about being late for work in the morning … or asking some boss for permission to stay home for a week to take care of him. It was a decision I didn’t even have to think about.
Last week, my writer’s life meant working from the gorgeous Seacrest Grille in Delray Beach, watching Bill Bonner and Mark Ford talk with Bootcamp attendees as I enjoyed a fresh salmon filet.
To me, the writer’s life is the only way to actually live life.
But as AWAI trained-copywriter Guillermo Rubio wisely pointed out, “Like a snowflake, no two versions of the writer’s life are the same. They’re the offspring of long-harbored dreams, turned into reality.”
So what’s your version of the writer’s life? I’d love for you to share it with me here.
Tomorrow, I’ll introduce you to a writer who found the ultimate flexibility of the writer’s life to be exactly what he needed when the unexpected struck.
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