Seven Days - On What I Wrote This Week
This is not to brag. This is not to boast. This is not because I like peanut butter on my breakfast toast, as the Sugarhill Gang once said. In the past week I have written:
Two Treatments in the 3 to 5 page range
Two Twenty Page Comic Book Scripts
One Character Bio Sheet
One 2nd Draft of a Twenty Page Comic Book Script
One Boilerplate Contract for a new Creator Owned Series
Two Essays (Three, counting this one) for my various blogs
Plus, spent the afternoon on Saturday on the crime comics panel, and still managed to work in a family day and two days of daddy/baby time. Oh, yeah, I've also seen this week's new Brave and the Bold cartoon.
Being a freelancer writer is a delight. Honestly, it's a lot of fun, you get paid to do what you'd probably do for free, and you get to do it all from more or less wherever you'd like. But...
It's a lot of work. This was a highly productive week, but, it's also how just about every week has to be in order to actually make a living doing what I do. That means whether I have paid work or am doing it all for free, whether I'm sick or don't get to sleep because the baby is teething, or the nanny calls in sick.
It's extremely easy to fall into the trap of the X-Box or the Satellite Dish. They both sit there just spewing things to do. But, if you put it all down (or, y'know, limit your playing of Stacked to only three hours per week), and really put your nose to the grind stone, you can do it. You can make a living, you can do what you love.
The trick is to make sure you still love it once you're done.