If you’re a professional writer, your challenge isn’t finding gigs, it’s finding the time to do them. But many writers still aren’t prospering. If you want to increase your writing income every week, read on.
To increase your writing income, plan and ACT
We’ve discussed finally achieving your writing goals, and said:
▪ It’s not really about a goal, it’s about writing processes;
▪ There’s no free lunch: achieving writing goals involves sacrifice.
With that in mind, let’s look at a pro writer’s mindset. Successful writers know that:
- Fear is normal
- Distractions are normal
- Doubt is normal
When you’re starting out as a writer, you imagine that when you “make it” your fear will vanish. And you’ll have a cosy book-lined office in which to create. And you’ll know exactly what you’re doing 100% of the time.
It’s brutal when you realize that nothing much changes when your income depends on your writing. You just learn to put your fears and distractions aside. You’re too busy planning and acting to entertain them.
Create a PLAN, right NOW
One of the reasons writers love Team Up is that we create a step by step plan. They act, and they achieve. To increase your income every week, that’s all you need: a plan.
Here’s the thing. Plans are like goals. They’re ancillary, so it doesn’t matter whether or not your plan is “good” or not. Any plan is better than no plan, because a plan gets you acting. When you act, you get feedback. Then you can either toss out your plan completely, or tune it to suit.
Your plan needs to cover several areas: your audience; your writing processes; administration/ housekeeping (chores like tracking expenses and cashflow, maintaining backups, following up with clients if you have them etc); and business development.
Let’s look at your audience, because that’s vital when you want your income to increase every week.
Your audience: who’s paying you, and what are they paying you for?
Who’s your audience? If you can answer that question, you’ve taken a huge step forward in your writing career.
Your audience isn’t anyone and everyone who’ll pay you. If I had a dollar for every writer who’s said to me: “My clients won’t pay more!” I’d have a tidy sum. The short response to that is: “get clients who will pay more.”
Writers who complain that clients “won’t pay” imagine that professional writing is like a 9 to 5 job. Someone tells you what to write, you write it, and get paid.
Sooner or later these writers realize that it’s all up to them. They discover the audience for the kind of writing they want to do, and they quickly make themselves irresistible to that audience.
If you’re struggling to find your audience, look at companies and publications, and ask yourself what those businesses want. Then decide how your writing can help them to get what they want. When you can do that, you can charge whatever you like, and people will be eager to pay you.
How to ensure that your income increases every week
You’ve found your audience, and you know what you’re writing for that audience. Your next step: ensure that your income keeps going up.
You need a plan. Your plan could involve:
- Getting more gigs;
- Increasing your rates across the board, or for specific kinds of writing;
- Doing more high-value writing.
By “high-value” we mean writing which sells over and over again.
Your Kindle fiction sells over and over again, for example. Your high-value writing is expensive, initially. If you’re spending a couple of hours every day writing a novel, those hours aren’t available for paid writing. However, once your novel’s published, it may make you more in a week or even in a day, than those hours cost you.
You’ve got a plan, ACT on it
As we’ve said, fear, distractions, and doubt are all normal. Ignore them, and act anyway.
Keep an eye on your plan, and update it at least once a week. I carry my action plan around on two index cards. I rewrite the cards every five or six days, because they’re covered in annotations and scribbles.
Achieve the professional writing career YOU want with Team Up
Never have there been so many writing opportunities. We writers are very spoiled. You can achieve almost any writing goal you care to set. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. You need to create a strategy to achieve your goal, and a plan. Team Up’s been helping writers to achieve their goals for several years.
YOU can begin to build a great writing career too. Write with Angela — Team Up is fun.
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