The plan was that on the first ‘proper’ working day of 2015 (5th Jan) I would get up an hour earlier than usual to start work on my freelance writing Udemy course. I was to follow quite an aggressive schedule.
That’s right, I have a Udemy course on how to earn a living writing online. (But don’t worry, that’s not what this post it about. Well, not really.)
Despite having zero experience of creating and producing videos – and despite being absolutely terrible in the early mornings – I was prepared to get up at an obscene hour so that I could launch my course at the end of January, before taking a trip to Australia on 12th February.
It went well for the first week too. I stuck to my plan and got up early to figure out video production. (It’s really all about the sound. Who knew?) Then I did all my other freelance work, before heading out to the in-house writing job I’m currently in.
So what’s the problem?
Hmm. Quite. The old me would have thought nothing of this – if you want to achieve something you have to damn well get up early (and a lot more besides) if that’s what it takes. There was a time when I would have pushed and strived and been sleep-deprived for a project, regardless of what this meant for other areas of my life (not to mention my sanity).
‘Twas a simpler time in many ways.
However, I’ve since realised the huge benefits of letting things develop while dropping all the energy of straining to get a project done on the quick.
I published a post on The Art of Letting go not long after I finally decided to shelve my (slightly insane) plans to work on my freelance writing Udemy course each morning in January. Yep, I let that schedule go. Instead, I’ve given myself the privilege of a bit more time.
This means, instead of treating the creation of this project as a numbers game that takes X amount of bleary-eyed early mornings to achieve, I can instead turn it into a labour of love.
Creating something with soul (man)
I hope it doesn’t sound trite when I say I genuinely want this freelance writing Udemy course to help people. I want it to be so much more than the PDF version of the course, not just in format, but in terms of content, style and the results students can achieve with it.
The aim is to arm potential freelance writers like you with the information and tools you need to live the lifestyle you want.
I want to teach everything I’ve ever learned about how to start a career as a freelance writer online and earn good money from it. (That’s also why I’m giving readers of this blog a massive discount on the course.)
Don’t get me wrong – I’m still working, but I’m doing so at a pace that is far more conducive to producing a quality product, a labour of love, something that I can be proud of and that will stand the test of time.
I’m excited to be announcing my freelance writing Udemy course to you right now, but I’m not putting a date on it just yet. Rest assured you can look out for it in the not-too-distant future though.
POST UPDATE: The course is now live! Get more details and your FWO reader’s discount here: The Complete Freelance Writing Online Course.
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