Yesterday, my family and I stepped into our new home for the first time. Up until yesterday, each time we entered the house, we were accompanied by the realtor. This time, I held the key going from room to room. It took time for the feeling to settle in that this house (the only house we viewed) was now ours.
I started imagining the pleasant possibilities I stepped out into the deck and backyard and saw our garden. (Man, how good it feels to say that!) I imagined what kinds of plants and flowers and grilling on the deck. I kept hearing the gurgles and laughter of my 18 month old child walking barefoot on the grass – a luxury for long term apartment dwellers.
There is something so gratifying and exhilarating about walking through empty rooms. I love that feeling. A fresh start. A new beginning. A clean slate. With all the pleasant possibilties and “no mistakes.”
If you think about it, empty rooms are great because they give you a chance to redesign your life. And as a homeowner, you are owning your life as you redesign it. That’s a very powerful thing!
Of course, this redesign principle can be applied to every aspect of your writing life.
Let’s see how.
Income – From empty to full.
Do you desire more income? What are some of the plesant ways you can build joy and profit from your writing?
Think how you can also kill two birds with one stone. For example, I’m repurposing my memoir for the personal essay market. Magazines are constantly looking for universal essay topics. Of course, I have to rewrite it to suit the tone and voice of the magazine, but over time, these magazine acceptances can build a nice little income for me as well as my platform.
Choose the topics you have experience writing about, but also feel passionate about. As you passionate about giving advice. Then maybe the “how-to” market would be a great fit. You can also promote many affiliate products that help solve a problem. Are you passionate about sharing your reflective narration skills? The memoir and personal essay market would also be a great fit.
Which areas of writing allow you for the great growth and return on your investment? Copywriting for example, is a highly lucrative yet competitive endeavor. The learning curve might be high, but over time, your skills can translate in some nice income as well as make your writing skills in demand.
I’m slowly realizing that physical setting is a super important design principle for writers. A messy area can cause distractions and interruptions and make writers feel unproductive and fulfilled. Having embraced the minimalist lifestyle, I now keep just 1-2 writing goals tacked on my desk (I’m getting more in the habit of writing things done!) and all papers are away. It’s just me, the computer, some water, a notebook and whatever files I need open and on my desk for that current writing project. I keep the window open for some air circulation if possible, and I use affirmations to gently guide me towards the wind of success.
In my new house, I can easily see myself taking my work outside on this beautiful deck and enjoying the scenery as I muse and contemplate. And since our house is on a quiet street, I don’t forsee many distractions, but who knows?
How are you designing your life?
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