Part-Time Writing Challenges

The challenges of part-time writing are far too many. Life feels like a bustling circus as you step out of the high school graduation ceremony. Once you start working, move house, or start preparing for higher education, you take care of all sorts of things. And despite all those major life milestones overwhelming you, you can still end up doing very little. (Millennials keep their schedules tight and procrastination tighter, at least according to the stereotype.) Sun Tzu would be disappointed with anyone who wants to write a book but hasn’t finished a single line of it yet.

You have to start someday, though. And we say the time has come! But starting a career as a writer, even part-time, is going to take some work. Let’s take a look at some of the challenges you might face as a part-time writer.

Time management

The greatest resource we have is exhausted in so many activities and appointments that we rarely have the opportunity to do what we truly love to do. Writing is a time-consuming activity. And the kind of time you spend on it with your day job just doesn’t seem like enough.

You’re never going to “find” the time to write, you’re just going to have to take the time to write your book. [It’s  easier said than done, of course, but we have a tip below to help you find a stable writing routine.]

Respect of deadlines


The feeling of peace that sets in once you meet your release deadlines. When you don’t meet deadlines (and this often happens when you write part-time), you feel angry with yourself, your work, and your life. This further hampers your productivity.

Writing and proofreading

Most writers don’t have the skills or the time to effectively edit and proofread their work. Even if you have the technical skills to edit and proofread written text, revising your own work (especially if you’re doing it immediately after a writing session) isn’t the best idea because your brain tends to skip mistakes. .

When it comes to editing and proofreading, a fresh perspective is essential. This is why even the most gifted writers hire professional editors to edit their books.

Self-published authors and part-timers often skip this process of professionally editing their books, as hiring a good editor comes at a cost that may seem too high for someone who juggles multiple occupations in same time.

But here’s the good news: if time is an issue, there’s always a way out. You can collaborate with an independent publisher or a professional publishing company like


Landing writing gigs is a demanding task. You need to introduce yourself and meet leaders in the real world and connect with them on the virtual world to showcase your work and convince them to hire you for their next project.

You are blessed if an editor likes your work and approaches you to write their next magazine article. But when you approach one, it can be hard to impress them and land you a deal.

It’s a good idea to spend time networking with industry leaders in niches you want to specialize in. In a time of intense competition, networking and relationships set you apart. A healthy mix of industry knowledge and technical skills will do wonders in your career!

You can build your professional network by meeting people in person, and the internet also allows you to build one online.

maintain a flow


There’s no such thing as “being in the zone” for athletes, and the same goes for writers. Ideas flow naturally, time disappears and history seems to write itself. Famous authors choose to become hermits for a while just to gain the peace needed to bring out the best in themselves. These are the dreams of part-time writers.

Stream writing becomes uncertain with all the concerns catching up with you. Inconsistencies, plot holes, and a lack of logical connections begin to form in the story unbeknownst to the writer. When all these flaws are pointed out by beta readers, all the rewriting and editing can cause you frustration and damage your confidence.

The best way to overcome this sporadic writing problem is to take time to write every day. If defining a specific writing slot is something that’s out of the question for you right now, you can start by deciding how long you want to write or a daily word count (depending on your style). Then, find the time to achieve the goal you have set for yourself.

settle down

Priorities keep changing when you pursue part-time professions. Your goal today is to complete a short story, tomorrow you are on a flight to attend a conference. And that’s how your focus goes out the window.

Part time or full time, all writers aspire to establish themselves critically and commercially. With so much to take care of, the road to acclaim in the writing world is getting longer.

Whatever you write – novels, short stories, short stories, self-help books, educational books, self-published e-books or writing blogs, it takes time and experience to make them worthy of recognition and success . This requires considerable patience. And, as we said earlier, building a network of professional relationships.

Time is a crucial factor in the realities of part-time writing. If you can structure your time – plan, organize and prioritize effectively, you can escape all of these challenges.

So, in summary, there are a handful of hurdles that may come your way if you want to pursue a career as a professional part-time writer. We’re telling you this directly not to discourage you, but to give you a realistic look at what this career path looks like, so you can prepare. So do what you need to do to achieve your writing goals and you’ll soon be excelling at it. become a professional writer. We wish you good luck !

Scott R. Banks