Is your freelance writing career buzzing? I hope it is. There’s never been a better time to be a writer. You can write anything you like and find plenty of buyers.
When I say “anything you like”, I mean exactly that — you can even sell poetry and short stories. If you’re writing poetry, there are lots of online and offline greeting card companies who want your material. If you’re set on writing short stories, you can publish them yourself via any of the rapidly-multiplying Print on Demand (POD) companies.
Excellent, yes? We writers can write just about anything we like, so we should be wallowing in hog heaven, but judging by my Inbox, many writers are not dancing with joy. Instead, they’re whining.
Get out of your own way
If you’re not finding success beyond your dreams, there’s just one thing standing in your way: you.
Yes, your mindset is all that’s blocking your success. Seriously. I don’t care who you are, or how new you are to the writers’ trade, you can achieve success, however you define it if you have the right mindset. (Success for you may be $1000 a month as a side income, it may be quitting your day job, it may be paying off all your debts…)
So how do you get out of your own way?
Start by developing a professional writer’s mindset.
There’s an easy way to do that: model successful writers.
In those long ago days (30 years ago, ouch!) when I wrote romance novels, I modeled Barbara Cartland. I decided that if Barbara Cartland could write a book a month, then by heaven, I could write a book proposal a month, and I did.
Guess what? I had no contacts, no “in” into publishing, and worse still, I lived on the other side of the world from UK publishers… BUT I nevertheless managed to get myself a multi-book contract within six months.
To achieve your freelance writing success, all you need to do is to do what successful writers do. I modeled Barbara Cartland, and although I never achieved her romance writing success, what I did achieve made me very happy indeed.
Here’s what all successful writers do: they have a plan, they have a schedule, and they sit their rear end onto a chair for hours every day and they WRITE. Every successful writer throughout time has that in common.
Let’s look at the difference between an unsuccessful and a successful writer in today’s Web world.
Writer A is an unsuccessful writer. He has no plan, just a so-called “goal” (it’s not a goal, it’s just a misty dream.) He wants people to hire him to write. Who will hire him? He has no idea. He’s been told he needs a website, so he creates a brochure “writer’s” website for himself that’s painfully cookie cutter, without a scrap of personality in it, and sits back and complains because no one visits the site. He hunts for “writing jobs” online and complains because no one will hire him.
On the other hand, Writer B is a successful writer. He has a plan and many goals. All his goals are measurable, have deadlines, and have clearly defined tasks. He completes each day’s writing tasks on schedule.
Writer B relentlessly drives traffic to his primary site. His current major goal is to create 100 money-making websites within 12 months. He’s is working on the third of the eight websites he’s creating this month. He has 66 websites so far, and they’re all making money — some just cents a day, others $25 a day, and one star site makes $300 a day.
Can you see the difference between Writer A and Writer B’s mindset?
You can have success, if you’re prepared to fight for it
Your freelance writing success starts in your own mind. Commit to success. Want it, and be prepared to fight for it, and no one will be able to keep it from you.
Are you making enough money writing?
Or is your writing just a hobby, costing you more in computers, Internet connection fees and writing supplies than you’re earning?
The Secret, Unlimited Market For Your Writing Which Generates A Fantastic Writing Income
I’ll let you in to a secret. The top earners in writing are copywriters. That is, commercial writers – they write for businesses. (Writing for business is known as copywriting.)
Discover how you can become a top-earning copywriter, making a six-figure income, with “Seven Days To Easy Money: Copywriting Success”.
Latest posts by Angela Booth (see all)
- Short Stories: 10 Powerful Ways To Use Them - February 10, 2018
- Fiction Writing Kickstart For New Authors: Write Short Stories - February 8, 2018
- Self-Publishing: How To Cope With Indie Author Stress - February 3, 2018