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Writing Career Reboot: 5 Steps to Pick Yourself Up After Trauma

Reboot Your Writing Career After Trauma. Makealivingwriting.com

Is your life and writing career moving along in a linear fashion, continuously getting better?

Be honest. It’ doesn’t work that way for anyone.

The reality is bumpy.

Sometimes you have to abruptly take off work for personal reasons:

  • A major illness or death in the family
  • An accident
  • A baby born prematurely
  • Or any number of unexpected and traumatic reasons

I didn’t pick those examples randomly. They’ve all happened to me or my writing friends.

If you step away from your writing career to deal with major life events, hopefully you’ll reach a point where it makes sense to resume work.

But how do you get back on track?

If you’re restarting after taking a break because of trauma, illness the death of a loved one, or some other traumatic life event, here are five tips to reboot your writing career:

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Freelance Writing Gold: Discover This Client to Easily Earn More

The Golden Client to Boost Freelance Writing Income. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you know where to find golden freelance writing clients?

You know, the kind of clients that make it possible to work less and earn more.If you’re thinking that sounds impossible, you’re not alone.

A lot of writers settle for freelance writing jobs that don’t pay well, drive down hourly rates, and leave you feeling broke after finishing a one-off job.

Been there? Done that? It doesn’t have to be that way.

When I started freelancing, I stumbled upon a little trick that helped me find my first golden client. This little trick transformed my freelance writing business, and helped me scale from earning nothing to $100,000 within a year.

The same little trick helped me land freelance writing gigs with companies like Google, Sony, GM, St. Jude’s, Goodwill, Verizon and dozens of smaller, but golden clients that pay well.

Want to know how to boost your freelance writing income, work less, and always have plenty of freelance writing work? Here’s the key to finding golden clients:

Need Work? Curious Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

Curious Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re looking for freelance writing jobs, you might be looking in all the wrong places.

Bid sites and content mills? Craigslist? You’re bound to find the usual bottom feeders there.

Maybe you’re in the habit of sifting through Writers Market to find high-paying magazines to pitch. Or using LinkedIn to make connections and pitch prospects.

Both are excellent marketing strategies to find freelance writing jobs. But they’re not the only places you can find work.

Curious? Just think for a minute about all the places content shows up in your life.

In today’s content-saturated world print is still alive and well, and more digital content is flooding the Interwebs every day. And that’s a good thing for freelance writers.

You might grumble about information overload. But turn that around and take a curious look at where all that content is coming from. You might be surprised by what you find.

When I started doing this, I found prospects in some unexpected places. And so can you. Check out these curious places to find freelance writing jobs:

Write a Book (Even If You’re Too Busy): 3 Super-Effective Steps

Write a Book: Shortcuts for Busy People. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to write a book? I know I did.

When I made up my mind to one day leave my regular 9-to-5 job and become a full time writer, I knew I had to change my life. I wanted to write a book.

But where would I find the time? It’s a question you’ve probably asked yourself.

To really become a legitimate writer, I needed to start making it a part of my everyday activities.  As a father, husband, and full-time military officer at the time, this was hard. Life just finds a way to consistently keep us busy, and side dreams, like writing, consistently take a back seat.

I failed for years by just trying to fit writing in when I could.  It wasn’t until I used these three incredibly effective time hacks that I started to see real improvements in my writing that lead to something greater.

Since implementing this, I’ve created a website that gets over 210,000+ visitors per month, 7 consistent bestselling books, and ultimately, was able to quit my job and become a full-time writer.

Want to write a book, even though you’re already busy? Here’s how to make it happen:

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10 Tips for Sharp Writing That’ll Please the Grammar Police

Writing Tips to Avoid the Grammar Police. Makealivingwriting.com

You can’t tell who they are until something happens. Something evil. Something so terrible it’s almost an unspeakable crime. But they’re everywhere. And if you’re not a careful proofreader of your own writing, you may one day find yourself face to face with the grammar police.

And that’s no laughing matter.

The uncommissioned members of the grammar police are outraged by misplaced commas. They hyperventilate over misspellings. And they’ll shake their fist at the sky over a dangling participle…sometimes muttering words we can’t repeat.

For freelance writers, there’s an often overlooked factor that kills some client relationships and undermines your credibility: grammar and punctuation mistakes.

Even seasoned writers are at risk of letting those mistakes pass through the final draft. And I guarantee you, that if you do, the grammar police will find you. They’ll slash your work with a red pen and virtually edit your writing into oblivion. Don’t let that happen.

Here are the 10 most common mistakes to watch for. Correct your mistakes before the grammar police hunt you down. Here’s how:

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Freelance Writing Jobs: The Secret Sauce to Working for Solopreneurs

The Secret Sauce to Freelance Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Are solopreneurs good clients for freelance writing jobs?

If you’re shaking your head (no), I get it. There’s no shortage of one-person business owners out there who are barely scraping by.

Is the person selling widgets to their family and friends a good source for freelance writing jobs, referrals, or a potential client that will pay professional rates. Probably not.

Then there’s the solopreneur who says they’re starting their business on a shoestring…in their parent’s basement…with no money. Not a good prospect for freelance writing jobs either.

But that doesn’t mean you should cross solopreneurs off your potential client list.

Solopreneurs can be great clients. I earned about $15,000 last year writing for solopreneurs, which represents about one-fifth of my total income.

In fact, the right soloprenuer client can be a dream to work with, compared to a larger company with a staff of employees, bigger budget for freelance work, and bureaucracy that slows everything down.

So what’s the secret sauce to finding solopreneur clients that will pay you pro rates for freelance writing jobs? Here’s what you need to know:

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