There are some questions that I get a lot when people discover that I’m a writer. For example: “do you get in arguments with your characters?” Or “Are you still sane?” The answer to both is yes, by the way. In all seriousness, though, I thought I would address 3 of the most common and real questions that I get when people find out I’m a full-time professional writer.
Some of the questions I hear most often
Regardless of my relationship with the person that asks or what they know about my particular kind of professional business writing, these are the questions that I often hear:
Do you still write for fun?
Yes, I do! While business writing does take up most of my days, I am still fond of writing for my own personal enjoyment. I don’t always have a lot of energy to write after finishing work for the day, though. Like all writers I know, I’ve got several WIPs that I poke away at every once in a while when I feel inclined.
I definitely don’t write as much for fun as I used to since I tend to want to spend time offline after typing away all day, but I do cherish my “fun writing” time, for sure.
How do you balance work/life balance since you’re writing all day?
As most writers can attest to, time tends to disappear when we get on a roll. We are focused on getting that paragraph right or figuring out how to make that keyword a little more discrete in a subheading. When I have a busy queue, balancing work and my personal/offline life can be really challenging. Some days are easier than others, but it’s all about doing the best I can with what I have. Staying focused and prioritizing organization are huge supports to maintaining that vital balance. Every day is a learning opportunity to keep that balance as much in my favour as possible.
How do you stay creative/unique from one job/client to another?
This one is always a little challenging for me to answer. Essentially, it’s very rarely a challenge for me to keep the creative gears spinning from one job to another. That’s because I make sure that I understand what the client wants and how I best can give it to them. Since no two clients are ever the same, even if they are in similar niches, I can always find a unique way to write what’s needed.
As far as staying unique from one product description or blog post to another from one client, it’s just about picking one angle per task and staying on-topic. The rest of the time…I dunno. Magic?
Wondering something else?
If you want to submit your own question for me to answer, you’re in luck! In a few months, I’ll be putting together an “Ask the Writer” series of posts where I’ll be answering your very own writer-related questions! Keep an eye out for my requests for January. Curious now? Feel free to send me a message or comment below, and I’ll add them to the list!
Do any of you get questions over and over again about your career paths? Feel free to share below!
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Kelterss is an experienced freelance business writer and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creating Writing. Having served over 3 ,200 customers while maintaining a 4.9/5 star rating, Kelterss is looking to focus her professional services in writing product descriptions and blog posts.