Every writer I meet seems to think they’re the only one who’s scared. That successful freelance writers don’t suffer doubts.
Many imagine that once you ‘make it’ and get some bylines or great copywriting clients, the fear goes away.
Let me burst that bubble right now.
Fear is a writer’s faithful companion, as ever-present in our lives as our laptop or our pen.
The secret is to learn to make peace with your fear demons. Don’t let them keep you from shining your light.
One of the most toxic fears comes from the suspicion that we are the only one who’s petrified.
But I’ve never met a good writer who doesn’t have their own private terrors. To prove it, I’m here to share mine.
But let’s start with the fears I’ve learned other writers have. I asked my readers two questions on Facebook this week about their writing fears — and the floodgates opened.
You want to write … you really, really do.
You keep waiting for a good time to open up in your schedule, but it seems that every day you hit the sack wondering, “Where did the time go?”
I get that. Between our jobs, families, housekeeping chores, and other obligations, it seems like we have zero minutes left over to work on our passions.
And building our writing business takes a backseat to the rest of the tasks on our to-do lists.
I’ve coached many, many writers around this theme, and also wrote a book for women who want to do it all—including starting a side business—but don’t seem to have the time: How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life — While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie. (Though the book is aimed at women, the strategies apply to men, too!)
Ready to make the time to write more—and get your writing business off the ground? Here are the top tips from my research:
In 2014, I published roughly 100 new blog posts about the freelance writing and blogging game here at Make a Living Writing. Whew! No wonder I’m tired.
But enough about me — the important question is: Which of those many posts did you like best?
Here’s our annual list of the posts I published in 2014 that got the most traffic. This is essentially a readers’ choice ranking — you voted with your clicks on which posts were most interesting.
These are ranked with #1 representing the new post that got the most traffic in 2014:
When I first got into writing, I imagined I’d be living alone in some tiny apartment above a little boutique in some rundown alley, scribbling and starving.
My life didn’t work out remotely like that. Instead, I’m a mom of three and married 30+ years! (Yes, thanks, I was a child bride.) And instead of writing alone in a garret somewhere, I wrote for editors at a string of publications, and later for businesses.
My point is, every successful writer I know has many people standing behind them — family members, personal friends, writer friends, editors, mentors, and more. If you’re a blogger, most of need tech helpers, too.
As we wind to the end of the year, I want to take a moment to recognize all the people who stand behind me, and who’ve helped me be a successful freelance writer and online entrepreneur.
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