Want to make more money writing? Once you’ve made your first few dollars from selling your writing, doubling and tripling your income within months should be your goal. Here’s how to do it.
This process works. It’s a process I created for myself, and refined for my writing students. It’s worked for others, and it will work for you.
Doubling and tripling your income depends on a process of writing faster, and writing more.
Just make sure you follow every one of these tips.
1. Use Index Cards: Chunk Your Writing Into Half-Hour Segments
A few years ago I made a mistake; I forgot about a couple of projects, and over-booked myself. Not only did I have magazine and copywriting projects to complete within one month, I also had a book project too.
Then I remembered a psychologist’s advice about procrastination: chunking. Chunking essentially means dividing projects into segments, and not working on any segment for longer than 15 minutes to half an hour.
So I created ten chunks. I got a stack of index cards, and wrote a project name on the top of each one. The book got several cards.
As I worked, I wrote the date and time on each project’s index card. I worked half an hour on each, with a ten minute break. Once I completed one round of the cards, I started the next round.
I was amazed at the increase in my writing speed. Not only was I writing faster, but I was more relaxed too because I felt in complete control.
2. Close Your Office Door
You need privacy to write so you can concentrate. If you don’t have an office door, get some headphones and listen to music. You’re spending just half an hour at a time on any one project, and this means it’s easier to focus. However, you do need to shut out distractions.
3. Commit to Yourself, and to Having Fun With What You Do
Increasing your income from your writing is easy once you commit to it. Making a commitment just means deciding that you’ll do it. Yes – deciding.
Have fun with this. I create little games with myself, like trying to increase my word count on a project by a set number of words per half hour.
4. Realize You’re an Original
When you write more, you’ll improve your writing skill. I know many writers who never complete a project because they want to “write well”. They’re so focused on the end result that they never realize that writing well is a multi-step process.
5. Writing is a Process: Plan, Draft and Write
Writing is a four-step process: planning, drafting, writing and revision.
Plan your writing first. Create an outline, or a mind map.
Next, write a draft by writing as quickly as you can, leaving “XXX” where you need more information. When drafting, just keep going – write whatever comes into your head. Drafting is the writer’s equivalent to an artist’s sketching. Drafting eliminates the “blank page” syndrome which scares writers.
Once you’ve created a draft, create another outline, and fill in the XXX notations in your draft. Now write from that new outline, incorporating your draft. You’ll delete much of your draft, but your writing will go quickly, because you know what you want to say.
Finally, revise – reword, reorganize, check your grammar and word choices.
Write more – become a pro writer
Yes, you can write more and become an expert writer – even if you’re a world-class procrastinator.
Did you know that when you write more, your writing improves? Many of my writing students experience this. They find that when they write more, writing is easier for them – they’re not dominated by their inner editor.
My new writing class, “Write More And Make More Money From Your Writing: Develop A Fast, Fun Productive Writing Process” is based on lessons I developed for my private coaching students to help them to write more, improve their writing, and make more money writing.
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