A Healthy Author Makes More Money (Making a Living as a Writer, Part 3)
This week I’m continuing this short series about What it takes to make a living as a writer. At the risk of hearing some pushback, I’m going to say a healthy writer makes more than an unhealthy writer.
And, it seems like 2016 was a year a lot of my author friends decided to get healthy. I know three people who lost a combined 121 lbs.!
A little-known fact about me is that I’m a sucker for a weight-loss transformation show. I’ve watched them all – The Biggest Loser, Extreme Weight Loss, and lately (no judgment please), Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian.
While the focus seems to be solely on weight loss, those who truly transform seem to experience the added bonus of self-esteem. They smiled more, felt better, and even took more risks. Feeling great about yourself is a natural by-product of getting stronger, healthier, more fit, and faster. Stay with me, there’s more…
This year I set a goal to lower my 3-mile run time from 36 minutes (12 minute miles) down to 21 minutes (7-minute miles, a.k.a. smokin’!). I also set a goal to write several books in my upcoming fiction thriller series, at least a dozen non-fiction books, publish three books in The Miracle Morning series, and well, take more naps.
Seems like there might not be enough time to get all of those goals accomplished, you might be thinking. Trust me, the decreased run times have necessitated the naps, they wear me out! I’ve dropped my time from 36:18 on Jan. 2 to my best time all month of 33:04 (on 1/26). I also increased my overall income even as I decreased my runs times and pant size.
There’s no other feeling like how I feel after a great run. The rest of my day tends to be amazing. I’m inspired, I write more words with less hesitation, and I feel more confident.
Why am I writing all of this? Because I know too many writers who think they have to focus solely on their writing “until they’ve made it” and can justify taking the time to focus on themselves. I submit to you the reverse is actually better for you — devote some time to yourself, and your writing (and your bank account) will bloom. The better you feel about yourself, the more inclined you’ll be to write.
I’m not pointing any fingers. In fact, I know when I point the finger as someone, I have at least three of my own fingers pointing back at me. But I wanted to help make the connection between fitness and finances, moving and money, running and writing!
If you haven’t considered how your health contributes or constricts your ability to make more money as a writer, maybe the time is now. What do you think? Feel free to email me or post a comment below.