productivity

Writer’s Block? Use This Arsenal of Freelance Weapons to Fight Back

Vacation Planning for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

You’re face to face in a showdown with your worst nightmare…Writer’s Block.

Do you turn and run, wave your white flag, and eat ice cream for the rest of the day?

Or do you stand up to Writer’s Block and wage a war to get back on track, meet your deadlines, and make money writing?

If you’re not prepared for a surprise attack from Writer’s Block, you may fall victim to its most deadly weapon for freelance writers…fear.

Writer’s Block wants to intimidate you, distract you, stress you out enough that you never actually do any writing.

And that’s kind of a HUGE problem if you’re a freelance writer.

If you want to make a living writing, you’re bound to cross paths with Writer’s Block. But it doesn’t have to be a roadblock that holds you back for days, weeks, months or years.

Want to know how to beat Writer’s Block?

Use this arsenal of tools for freelance writers to fight back.

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Freelance Writing Game Plan: 5 Plays to Boost Productivity + Income

Follow This Freelance Writing Game Plan. Makealivingwriting.com

What’s your freelance writing game plan?

If it’s “keep your butt in the chair,” that might not be enough to help you win at freelance writing.

That advice translates to: Stay focused and avoid distractions. It works. But only if you’re completing work that deserves to be done in the first place.

I’m talking about work or tasks that further your writing career, such as posts for your blog, podcast interviews, letters of introduction to prospects, and of course client work you’re getting paid for.

But spending hours researching a 200-word article or shopping online for office supplies? I don’t think so.

If you want to get more out of the time you spend writing, researching, and marketing your freelance writing skills, you need a game plan.

Want to see my playbook for earning a six-figure income as a freelance writer?

Here’s how it’s done:

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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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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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Content Writing Productivity: 11 Bright Hacks to Get Organized

Content Writing Productivity Hacks for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever struggle to keep up with your content writing deadlines?

Maybe freelancing is your full-time gig, or maybe it’s your side hustle. Maybe you have a day job, kids, or both.

If you’re feeling like your hectic schedule is casting a shadow over your freelance writing career that’s making it hard to move up and earn more, shine a light on how you’re using your time.

If you’re a stay-at-home mom, parent who home-schools kids, freelancer with a day job and dream to go full-time, or you’re already living the freelance life, your greatest asset is time.

How you use your time can make the difference between landing a couple of freelance writing gigs and being fully booked. Which would you prefer?

In this post you’ll get tips, strategies, resources, and motivation from freelancers who are hustling every day, every hour, every minute to improve time management and get more work done.

Check out these 11 hacks for freelance writers to get organized and boost productivity:

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How to Make Money Writing: 113 Grow-Big Actions to Earn More

Grow Big: 113 Ways to Make Money Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

Long ago, I came up with a list of 113 ways working freelancers can grow their writing income. If you’ve been wondering how to make money writing — serious money, that is — this list is for you. If you’re a newbie, you’ll find plenty of useful suggestions here, too.

I’ve given the list a major update, since things do keep changing in the freelance world. Enjoy!

Aren’t you sick of the negativity out there in the freelance writing community? I know I am.

You know the spiel. Uninformed comments like:

Print is dead.

All articles are now $5 or less.

I can’t believe this Craigslist ad asks for three free samples.

The fact is, some freelancers are still earning a great living, and you can, too. But first, you’ll have to stop buying into the gloom and realize that what you earn is really up to you.

Take the attitude that you are an unstoppable force of nature, and you won’t give up until you’ve got your freelance writing biz earning what you need!

To help you take charge of your writing career, I put together a list of 100+ proactive things you can do right now to build your income. Yes, there are a couple of affiliate links below, for things I personally know well and can recommend (plus direct links to a couple useful things I’ve created for you).

Surely, one or more of these ideas can help you bust a move toward better pay? Here we go:

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