productivity

Positive Thoughts for Writers: 10 Powerful Ways to End the Hurt

Positive Thoughts for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Got a question for you: When’s the last time you cut yourself a break, as a freelance writer? If you’re all smack-talk and no compliments when you look in the mirror, I have some positive thoughts I’d like you to adopt.

It’s time to give yourself the same level of loving care you’d give any struggling stranger on the street.

That’s right — it’s time to practice self-compassion.

It’s a classic paradox that writers are commonly sensitive people, yet we’re also often very hard on ourselves.

Sound familiar?

If that’s you, it’s time to change course and practice self-compassion. Honestly, stop torturing yourself! #justwhy

Life’s too short to spend your precious moments beating up on yourself. Too short to dwell on negative thoughts about what you haven’t done, or how much you need to improve your speed or your craft.

Consider self-compassion a productivity shortcut. When you feel better about yourself, it’s easier to sit down and get the writing done.

How can you practice self-compassion and get the positive thoughts flowing? I’ve boiled down my top 10 self-care tips into a handy infographic you can download and keep:

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Writing Skills: Steal My Efficiency Hacks to Hit Your Target Word Count

Steal These Writing Skills to Hit Your Word Count. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you tired of trying to draft a 1,000-word article, only to find your first draft clocks in at 3,000 words? Then it’s time to gain some new writing skills and learn how to write to length.

A reader recently asked me if I had a resource on how to hit your word count, and I realized I didn’t.

Which is silly, because I had to write to assigned length on 3-4 print stories a week for 12 years, as a staff writer. Not to mention the hundreds of short blog posts I’ve written for clients since I got back into freelancing in 2005.

And then there was that one hard-ass editor at Entrepreneur who would refuse to read my draft if it was more than 10% over assigned length. Period. THAT schooled me, for sure!

Got some writing tips to share with you on how to avoid time-wasting and overwriting in your writing process.

Ready for a simple system to avoid overwriting? Let’s go! Here are 10 key steps to cut the blather and make sure your first draft is close to target length.

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Fire Up Your First Draft: 10 Time-Saving Ways to Boost Writing Speed

The Blazing-Fast Way to Boost Writing Speed. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you struggling to boost your writing speed?

You’re not alone. Cranking out a first draft is agony for many freelance writers. It can kill your productivity and suck the joy out of your work. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

I used to hate first drafts, too. I could sweat for hours over one paragraph. Hours! My writing speed was so terrible, I even quit freelance writing for a while. Don’t do that, OK?

When I came back to freelance writing after a long break, I had a new attitude—and a new skill set. I learned how to triple my writing speed. I’m happier, I’m a better writer, and I make more money in less time.

No matter how slow, scared, and perfectionistic you are, you can light up your first-draft writing speed.

It’s not a mysterious, magical gift. It’s a skill, just like knowing where to put the commas or how to pitch an editor. And the better you get at it, the more you can earn.

Ready to fire up your first-draft writing speed? Check out these ten tips to write faster.

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How to Write a Book When It Seems Like a Crazy Dream

Dreaming About How to Write a Book? Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder how to write a book when you’re short on time?

Maybe you’ve still got a day job. Maybe you’re not a full-time writer, but it’s your dream.

So you write during slivers of precious free time, either before or after work.

How will you ever find the time to write a book?

Here’s a reality check…you won’t ever find the time. You’ll have to make time.

If you want to learn how to write a book, you must chisel out time for this from your already-packed schedule.

You may think: It’s no use. I’ve already tried. I’m way busier than you can imagine.

I get it. Really, I do. In fact, I’ve been there. Yet, I wrote the first 90 of my nearly 200 published books, while I still had a day job.

Dreaming about writing a book in your spare time? Here’s how it’s done:

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Contest: Share Your Brilliant Productivity Hack for Freelance Writers

Brilliant Productivity Hacks for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder how some freelance writers crank out content, market like crazy, meet client deadlines, and break into new niches?

You look at their success from the outside, and try to figure out what they’re doing that you’re not.

And it usually leads to a pity-party of thoughts like “those freelance writers get all the breaks, or just got lucky.”

But you know what? That’s usually not the case.

Successful freelance writers usually develop their skills one query letter, one LinkedIn connection, or one letter of introduction at a time.

And it’s not a throw-spaghetti-at-the-wall approach to see what sticks. It’s a calculated approach. It’s work. It’s consistent effort.

If you want to move up, earn more, and make a living writing, you’ve got to set goals and develop ways of doing things to maximize productivity.

But what does that look like? Every freelance writer has their own way of doing things.

What’s your most brilliant productivity hack for freelance writers? Share your best tip for a chance to win.

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Stop Procrastinating: Avoid These 5 Tricky Traps for Freelance Writers

Stop Procrastinating: Tricky Freelance Traps to Avoid. Makealivingwriting.com

Stop procrastinating. Ever heard that voice inside your head trying to remind you of a pending deadline?

I know I have. I’ve ignored it a million times, and it’s never pretty. You end up falling for all kinds of traps that squander away valuable time you could be using to write, make money, and build your freelance career.

Then in the final hour, you’re in a frenzy trying to get your work done. You miss a deadline. Or you have to grovel at the feet of your editor for an extension.

Been there, done that? It’s not a good business plan to make a living writing. It’s stressful, saps creativity, and can damage client relationships.

So how do you stop procrastinating, cease the day, improve productivity, and get freelance work done on time…or even ahead of schedule?

You need to know how to spot the traps that perpetuate procrastination, and take action to keep you on track.

Ready to stop procrastinating to grow your freelance career? Here’s what you need to know:

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