What’s your writing process look like? Are you productive and efficient, or do you spend a lot of time spinning your wheels?
Stop right there.
If you’re dreaming about the days of crushing it as a full-time freelance writer, you’re probably wondering how to dial in your writing process, find clients, get work done, move up, and earn more.
When I was new to freelancing, I needed to hit the reset button on my writing process and mindset, but I didn’t fully understand that until years later.
If you want to be a successful freelance writer, make an appointment with Mrs. Discipline.
Why? Freelance writing isn’t for the faint-of-heart, easily-defeated type. It’s hard. It requires a long-game mindset, commitment, and the ability to deflect distractions to get work done.
Making some commitments to yourself and your freelance goals can be a total game-changer. I only figured that out after a lot of stops and starts and second-guessing myself. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Want to be a successful freelance writer? Adopt these five no-compromise rules:
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Creating a great online home to showcase your writing was always a challenge for freelancers. Then came smartphones, iPads, and the need for mobile-responsive writer websites.
If you don’t have a mobile-responsive theme or layout to your writer site, when people look at your site on their phone, it usually looks like…crap. To be blunt.
It’s hard to find the navigation tabs. The copy you slaved over gets cut off mid-sentence. Your contacts may disappear from the top. It can be a real hot mess.
Not exactly the impression you wanted to make. Ugh! After you’ve invested all the time and energy in creating a writer site.
So, what’s a writer to do? Find a better answer.
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Want to write a guest post for Make a Living Writing?
Now’s your chance to land an assignment. It’s open pitch time around here (through March 8, 2019). Submit via email (see guidelines) or comments below.
We’re ready to take a look at the best of the best guest post ideas about the business and craft of freelance writing.
Consider it a showdown.
Kind of like the final fight scene in the cult-classic movie Karate Kid when Daniel LaRusso takes on Cobra Kai bad-boy Johnny Lawrence.
You know. Wax on, wax off. Sweep the leg. Focus all power.
Short on ideas? Remember when LaRusso did all that work for Mr. Miyagi. At first it seemed like he wasn’t learning anything. But with a little help, he realized he had the skills to make his mark.
Whether you’re a newbie freelancer hustling to make things happen, a mid-career writer, or a pro, you’ve probably got a few moves you can share to help other writers.
So step on to the mat. Here’s what you need to know to pitch a guest post idea:
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Ever wonder if there’s a superpower to help you find great writing jobs?
You know, like some kind of mind-reading technique to help you know what editors want.
Or some sophisticated computer program that learns rapidly and starts writing pitches to help you land more writing jobs. That would be nice, right?
Well, either one would also be the easy way out. And you’re not going to learn anything about the business and craft of freelance writing if you do it that way.
So if you’re struggling to find writing jobs and clients that pay well, what should you do?
Forget everything you might know about left-side brain logic and the most practical path to build your freelance writing business.
That’s what I did when I stumbled across a mind-bending process that really works. It took a little while to wrap my head around the idea.
Now I’m booking more work, landing more long-term clients, getting better-paying writing jobs. And this year is going to be even better.
What’s the mind-bending process to get more writing jobs? Here’s what you need to know:
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It’s the middle of the afternoon. You’ve got a client deadline. And all you’ve been able to do for the last few hours is think up writing excuses for why you’re not cranking out copy.
- Your desk is too cluttered.
- You’re behind on dishes and laundry.
- You don’t feel like writing.
- You didn’t get enough info from your client to complete the assignment.
- And then the thought crosses your mind: I’m not really a writer. I’m just pretending to be one.
Been there, done that?
If you’ve made any of these writing excuses (FYI…there’s many more), you’ve probably done your share of whining, crying, and flailing around.
All that, when you could have been, you know, working.
Tired of writing excuses holding you back from moving up and earning more as a freelancer?
Stop whining, and crush your freelance writing excuses once and for all. Here’s how:
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