When my kids were little, we enjoyed watching the Disney animated version of “Peter Pan.” And when I first started brain-storming what to blog about in the “slice of a writer’s life” category, the first thing that popped into my head was the song, “A Pirate’s Life is a Wonderful Life – A Pirate’s Life for Me!” from that movie.
Some may think that writing for a living is boring, but for me, it’s far from it! Keep humming the “A Pirate’s Life” tune, and replace the word “Pirate” with “Writer,” and you’ve got a good idea about how diverse and exciting a writer’s life can be!
Most writers do more than just one type of writing. There are blog posts to write, marketing copy to create, books (both fiction and non-fiction), and lots of correspondence. And then you have research trips, interviews, conferences, workshops, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and chatting up your latest endeavors with your writerly friends. There’s never a dull moment in this writer’s life!
A great way to learn about the life of a writer, in my opinion, is to take a look at his or her desk. As you can see from mine (click to view the image larger), I like pens. I like notebooks, too, but they are stacked to the right of my computer, so you can’t see them. You’ll also notice the abundance of sticky notes and if you look closely, you’ll see the jar of super-strength, odor free Blue Emu, because I have arthritis in my hands and it really helps!
The brand-spankin’ new desk chair was a gift this week from my Hubby, who supports the craziness that goes along with being a writer.
My writing life is different than some, as I primarily write other people’s words. I own a digital services company, so I make websites for authors and small business owners. I also do a lot of blogging, email marketing posts, and SEO content for clients. Client-writing involves researching their industries and “getting into character,” so I can portray the voice and expertise of whichever client project I’m working on. My clients include everything from politicians, a motivational speaker, heat & air company, and a donut shop to other authors. I love learning new things, which I think is a common characteristic of writers, so that helps me do this job.
Another type of writing I do frequently is copywriting. Not to be confused with copyrighting – the little C in a circle – but creating compelling copy to persuade readers to take whatever action my client desires them to take, whether it be to make a purchase or sign up for their email marketing list. I’m currently working on a series of radio ads for a client, and I’ve done a lot of print advertising copy, too.
One of my favorite types of writing for clients is scripting videos. I enjoy producing promo videos. And there is such a great variety of uses for marketing videos – brand awareness, product introductions (like book trailers for writers), customer testimonials, how-to/instructional videos, and “explainer” videos that share how a client’s services can benefit potential customers. Besides the variety of uses for videos, I get to use a number of platforms – from animated whiteboard to simple slideshows to talking cartoon characters and more. It’s a lot of fun but it’s challenging to take the thoughts and hopes of a client and condense it into a less-than-two-minute script that works with the client’s chosen platform and background music.
Other than marketing and client writing, I’ve written one Christian non-fiction book and am working on a book about marketing for small business owners. And, yes, I’m working on a novel. I wrote one novel years ago and after going through the rejection rounds of traditional publishing, I posted it in the Kindle marketplace. Hopefully my current attempt at fiction will be better.
So, what does a typical day in the Life of Linda look like? I’m no longer an early riser. Hubby works second shift, so we typically sleep in – until about 8 or 8:30. Then we start our morning together with a 3-mile walk. Hubby cut a 1-mile path around our property (we live in central Arkansas), and we make three rounds with our miniature dachshund leading the way. After the walk and a quick shower, I sit at the desk and answer emails and social media posting for about an hour. Then I cook lunch for us. We have our prayer and devotional time at the dining room table around noon. After lunch, I do my “house chores” while Hubby does man things in his shop.
When Hubby leaves for work at 1:30, I also go to work – whether it’s prospecting for new clients (i.e. cold calls to business owners), meeting with clients for consulting appointments – or whatever is on my calendar that day. By late afternoon, I head back to the house and get busy with the production end of the business – writing, web works, bookkeeping, etc. Hubby calls me during his supper break every night, usually around 8:45 p.m., so I take a break from the desk when he calls. I try to read for about an hour a day, too, whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, or my Bible – usually it’s a little of all three. Then I get back to my desk and work until he gets home around 12:15 a.m. We watch TV or share about our day with each other and usually go to bed a little after 1 a.m. It’s a great life.
I do appreciate all the comments and compliments about the new site. There are still a few tweaks to make, but I’m glad the bulk of the site-build is complete. This is such a great group to work with, and I’m glad to be back on the blog! I needed a break, but now I’m excited that one slice of my writer’s life will be blogging with the Inskpers again!