Want to build a hot writing career right NOW? You can do it in 30 seconds.
Here’s how: start thinking big.
Look at it this way. If you want to make $100,000 from your writing in the next 12 months, do you think you’ll do that by taking low-paying writing jobs which exhaust you? Or do you think you’ll go for the jobs which pay a minimum of $500 each?
When I ran our “$500 a day” series last week, I found that most of the writers who contacted me had one easily corrected problem. They were thinking too small.
Here’s a link to the series, if you missed it: $500 a day series.
A common theme was “I can’t believe I can make $500 a day.” I told them that that was the problem.
If you’re taking gigs which pay $50, it’s a big jump to gigs which pay $1000. However, you can do it.
It starts in your head. If you don’t think you can get the top gigs, you won’t.
Lily is one of my writing students. A year ago, she was doing writing gigs on fiverr. In 2013, she has ten regular clients, who pay her an average of $750 every month. (She ghostwrites blog posts and social media content.) She’s on track to make $90,000 this year. Her goal is to break $100,000… yes, this year.
Will she do it?
Judging for what she’s done in the past 12 months, what do you think? Of course, what we think doesn’t matter. What counts is what Lilly thinks – and does.
It’s All in Your Head: Think Big
Writing has become a commodity. A “commodity” is a raw material which can be bought and sold. When your writing is looked at as a commodity, all that counts is the PRICE. That’s why you see so many low-paying gigs around. It’s not a good thing.
However, here’s the bright side: YOU can stop YOUR writing being perceived as a commodity at any time.
Lilly lifted herself up by her bootstraps. She stopped looking at her writing as something that was bought and sold at the lowest possible price.
She paid attention to who SHE was, and what she was writing.
An aside: I created the Memories workshop to help writers to break out of the commodity trap
Lilly defined for whom she wanted to write.
Then she set to work, and tackled those markets.
It didn’t happen in 24 hours. What did happen in less than a minute however, was Lilly’s attitude. She stopped thinking small, and thought big.
She worked with my “Your Write to Sell System”, and had coaching.
Here’s what Lilly says: “Angela told me it’s just as easy to get great clients as it is to get low-paying clients, and to think bigger. I did. I love my clients, and being my own boss.”
Stop thinking small.
Turn your writing career around this week, by thinking bigger.
We’ll have more to say about that on the blog this week.