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Author Interview | Dorota Pawlak | You’ve Got This: How to Continue your Freelance Career When you Become a Mother

You’ve Got This by Dorota Pawlak is a collection of interviews of 15 freelancer moms who reveal their secrets to continue with their business while expanding their brood. They talk about their challenges, their ways to get over them, and suggestions for other supermoms out there. In the second half of the book, the author gives us an insight into how she navigated her motherhood while handling a business.

In a candid conversation with Bookish Fame, Dorota Pawlak talked about her book, her writing, her thoughts on being a debut author, and her future plans. Check out the interview here.

  • Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Hello, I’m Dorota Pawlak, translator, author and business consultant for freelancers. My first adventures with writing began when I was about ten years old. That’s when I started to write poems, then short stories, essays and finally blogs. When I opened my freelance translation business ten years ago I also created my first professional blog. I guess the commitment to regular writing in a language that wasn’t my native tongue was what shaped my writing skills enormously. To the point where I finally got the courage to write and publish my first book.

  • What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?

I love creating new worlds with words. Writing for me is like looking for a missing puzzle. It’s like finding the right rhythm when you play an instrument. Words alone inspire me to write. Of course, things like yoga, meditation, travelling or spending time in nature can be extremely inspirational for me as well. But usually all I need to write is to find the right word combination inside me or around me. That’s the first step to the writing flow.

  • Tell me something in brief about your book?
You've got this: How to Continue your Freelance Career When you Become a Mother | Dorota Pawlak | Book Review
You’ve got this: How to Continue your Freelance Career When you Become a Mother | Dorota Pawlak

You’ve got this: How to continue your freelance career when you become a mother” is a book that I wish I had read before I became a mother. It features 15 interviews with self-employed women from around the world who talk about finding their balance between running their businesses and taking care of their babies. In the second part of the book, I suggest some strategies on how to prepare your freelance business for a maternity leave, how to manage your time as a new mother and a freelancer, how to prioritize your self-care or find energy to play so many different roles.

  • How do you organize yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?

My first step is to write a plan, a preliminary table of contents. I try to organize my ideas in a logical structure and then fill the blanks with a story. Whenever a new idea pops up, I immediately take notes, no matter where I am. During my writing sessions, which I always schedule in advance in a block of one to two hours, I try to find the best match for the ideas captured earlier.

  • How did you approach the writing process this time around? Do you have a set routine or does it vary? And how do you manage it with your full-time work?

I always schedule my writing sessions. This helps me to stay committed and motivated. For me the best time to write is early in the morning, right after my yoga practice. So, when I was writing this book, the first one or two hours of my work were assigned for writing, and only then I would move on to my regular business tasks, such as translation projects, social media marketing or administration. I tried to keep this routine for four days per week to leave some space for busy time at work.

  • How do you think being a writer has helped you as a person?

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Writing – for a blog or a book – forced me to be more patient. You can’t just create a great piece in one day, it needs a lot of work, researching, revising, modifying, reviewing. Writing also became an effective method to organize my thoughts, express my emotions and bring my ideas to life. It also helped me to be more creative and to look beyond the daily grind. 

  • Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I read quite a lot, mainly non-fiction books. There are many great authors whose work I admire, for example, Joanna Penn, Gretchen Rubin, Seth Godin or Gretchen McCulloch.

  • What does being a successful author look like to you?

It’s when your books serve other people – help them solve a problem, let them immerse into a new world, forget about their pain and find some pleasure. 

  • Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers.

Never give up and never stop writing. Even if you think that none wants to read your story.

  • Are we going to hear more from you in the future?

Definitely! I have the next title in my head already and I will start working on it very soon. As I’m an indie author and also run my business, I want to first spend some time on promoting the new book before I embark on the next long writing adventure.

*We wish Author Dorota Pawlak all the best for her future endeavors.*

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