holidays

Now Boarding: The Year-End ‘Ugly Barge’ of Productivity for Writers

Board the 'Ugly Barge' of Productivity for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Productivity for writers has a way of going down the drain during the holidays.

It’s all too easy to get sucked into the vortex of dinner parties, gift shopping, time off, and binge-watching a new season of your favorite TV show.

Your usual schedule for freelance writing and marketing gets squeezed by other things.

Sound familiar?

Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to get stuff done, complete assignments, land new clients, and still enjoy the holidays.

But to get from here to there, you’ll want to get on board the Ugly Barge of Productivity for Writers, says business consultant and former U.S. Army officer Charlie Gilkey.

In a recent Freelance Writers Den podcast, we talked with Gilkey and freelance writer Frances Booth about:

  • Productivity
  • Systems
  • Procrastination
  • Writer’s block
  • Goal-setting
  • And other topics

The goal: Help you make the most of the 71 days, 1,704 hours, and 102,240 minutes left in 2017.

Want to know the secret to year-end success as a freelance writer? Get on board.

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4 Easy Freelance Marketing Ideas for the Holidays

4 creative freelance marketing ideas for the holidays. Makealivingwriting.com

It’s that most wonderful time of the year — for falling into the doldrums and slacking off on your freelance marketing, that is.

It’s easy to come up with reasons for not doing anything to line up new writing clients until January.

You think:

  • Everyone is on vacation, anyway. Why pitch?
  • The days are short and I feel sleepy.
  • I’ll have company soon, or be traveling, so who cares?
  • I’m busy with clients and couldn’t take a new gig now, anyway.

But taking a 6-week marketing vacation is a bad idea. This leads to January panic, when you have to cold-start your marketing after New Year’s. Top-earning writers are always marketing.

Remember, it can take weeks or months for marketing to pay off. So prospecting you do now lays the groundwork for more and better freelance gigs in the coming year.

How can you overcome the challenges of trying to get freelance marketing done during the busy holiday season? Here are four ideas:

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