goal-setting

How to Overcome Abuse and Become a Full-Time Writer

How to Overcome Abuse and Become a Full-Time Writer. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you ever let your personal “issues” hold you back when it comes to your writing career?

I have – after going through some very toxic relationships – and it nearly ruined both my career and my life. But I managed to come out on top – and I was able to become the well-paid writer I was meant to be. So, how’d I manage to overcome a legacy of toxic abuse and build a thriving writing career?

Would you be shocked if I told you that my “issues”  literally became my content niche? They did – these days, I’m also a certified life coach who specializes in narcissistic abuse recovery.

So why am I writing about abuse? Why do I keep talking about it? Because I am a survivor myself – and because, quite honestly, the universe planted this particular niche in my front yard for a reason. These days, I make a pretty healthy living from my work – and yes, I’m writing every single day now. Here’s how it happened…

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Create Your Ultimate 2016 Freelance Success Plan (For Newbies and Pros)

Your Ultimate Freelance Marketing Plan 2016 - Makealivingwriting.com

Are you ready to earn a heck of a lot more from your writing in 2016? Good!

You might think it would be impossible for me to write a single post that tells every freelance writer out there how to do the most effective possible marketing in the coming year…but that’s exactly what I’ve got for you.

How can I do that, when some writers are brand new and others have been at this game for years? When some write for magazines and others for businesses? Well, I can do it because there are basically only three types of freelancers:

  1. Wannabe freelancers who want to quit day jobs, but haven’t taken the plunge yet.
  2. Freelancers who don’t have any good clients yet — they’re writing for $5 a blog post or $20 an article…that sort of travesty.
  3. Freelancers who have some good clients, but need/want more or better-paying clients.

There is an approach to marketing that will work optimally for each of these types, because ultimately, creating the ideal marketing plan isn’t that hard (though many writers whine constantly about how difficult marketing is to figure out, in lieu of actually *doing* marketing). Let’s solve this today!

Here we go:

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How Writers Can Fulfill Their Mission — Today

As a writer, how do you know if you’ve really made it? Here’s an idea: You can say you’ve done it if you have fulfilled your mission. This thought was put in front of me by literary agent  Donald Maass,

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Getting it Done: A Guide to Productive Goal-Setting for Freelancers

Are you setting goals for your freelance writing business? I strongly recommend you do. But more than that, you need to set good goals. What makes a good goal for a freelance writer? This question recently came up when I

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Writers: What are Your Year-End Goals for 2011?

Hard to believe, isn’t it? All of a sudden, there is just one month left to get our freelance writing work done and billed before the New Year dawns. In Freelance Writers Den, we have a forum where members “weigh

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Goal-Setting for Freelance Writers: A Crash Course

When I talk to successful freelance writers, I find we all have one thing in common. It’s pretty simple — we have goals. We’re following a game plan for what we want to do with our writing career. When I

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