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4 Top Obstacles Young Writers Face — and How to Beat Them

Young writers make these moves to overcome obstacles. Makealivingwriting.com

When you’re trying to build your freelance business in a sea of young writers and seasoned veterans, there’s a good chance it feels like you’re floundering. I know I did.

When I first started writing, I spent a ton of time worrying, procrastinating, and making excuses for why I couldn’t make a living doing what I loved. I wanted to break free from the corporate world and find success on my own terms.

For the first 6 months, I let my fear of being underqualified hold me back. As one of those young writers, I thought it might take me years to earn well as a freelancer. But I desperately wanted to find a way to speed up success.

I took courses, read freelance blogs like this one, and tried to learn everything I could about being a successful writer. The only problem was that I didn’t know how to get out of my own head and actually do the work.

Today, I make six figures, have a full client list, and teach other young writers how to overcome the same roadblocks I struggled with. As I’ve coached students in my Earn Big as a Young Writer course, I realized that my obstacles were very common.

Here are the top 4 obstacles young writers face (including me), and how to overcome them.

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7 Reasons You Have More Writing Clips Than You Think

More samples Here’s a common lament I hear from freelance writers:

“I don’t have any writing samples! What should I do to get clips for my portfolio?”

Well, wait just a minute there. Because often, when I ask more questions, I find out you’ve got clips.

You just don’t think you have any.

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10 Entry-Level Writing Gigs That Give You Great Clips

When you’re just getting started, it’s hard to get clips. Especially if the only assignments you ask for are 1,500-word feature articles or $3,000 white papers. While some writers do seem able to go straight for the big score, most

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Marketing 101 for Freelance Writers #8: How to Find Clients Without Clips

Does freelance writing seem like a closed club, and you can’t find the clubhouse door? One writer told me this week: The biggest problem is you can’t break into magazines unless you already have clips. You can’t get clips without

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