Ghostwriting can be a bit of a balancing act, especially when you're trying to fit in writing your own books between jobs.
If you're looking for an income beyond your own writing, it's key you do both, because without your own published works you won't have anything to show. You're also unlikely to get far without proof of written works already published, because credibility is highly important when you're a writer.
It's also worth pointing out that having the ability to switch from one kind of writing to the other will prove critical, and will allow you a certain amount of writing freedom outside of your ghostwriting work.
Setting aside the time and energy to do your own work will be challenging but in the long-run will help you stay sane. Writing in someone else's voice comes with its own problems, and when you've finished the job you'll want to do anything but write, because you poured hours of your own time into writing a bestseller for a client.
That's why it's imperative you set aside your own writing time, even if it's writing articles or blog posts, anything is better than no writing at all. At the end of the day it will have your name written on it, as well as any ideas and stories presented.
How to Get Back Into Your Writing Saddle
There are lots of things you can do to keep your writing juices flowing:
- Join a writing workshop
- Look over your old work and submit a new version to literary magazines
- Do a writing course
The Balancing Act
Writing is a balancing act, and takes years of practice. You may not find it that easy to begin with, making time for your own work, but if you can plan out every job and be able to fit in your books or articles in between it will be a lot easier.
Even if it means getting up earlier, or taking small breaks from ghostwriting, just make the time to do it.
Other Things You Can Do
Find a genre you're really interested in and make it your ghostwriting focus. Look for work in that particular subject, and use your other time and focus to write your own books.
Don't bite off more than you can chew. If you want to continue writing your own books and articles, make the time up during the week whenever you can fit it into your schedule, before you move on to your next ghostwriting client.
You can spend your whole life making excuses, and never making enough time to write your own material, it's up to you to stop procrastinating and follow through with what you want to do.
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