Want to make money writing in 2014? Here’s how, in a word: HUSTLE. What’s “hustling”? In our terms, it means creating a plan, working your plan, and adjusting your plan until you get the results you want.
“Hustle” is a fascinating word. It connotes MOVEMENT and achievement, by trying hard, until you succeed.
When we uncover the lives of super successful people, there’s often such a pattern of hustle, a will to keep exposing yourself to positive chance until it hits.
In my article, Want Writing Gigs? Forget the Blah, Get Out and Hustle, I said:
Yesterday, three days after her “I made 200 calls, but…” call, and after making 219 prospecting calls in total, Libby landed two gigs to write Web content. One was an on-going blogging gig, and the other was ten pages of straight content. Better yet, she had $2300 in her PayPal account, and $1,900 in her bank account. Six prospects had emailed or called for quotes.
Will you hustle your way to success in 2014? Let’s look at three tips which will help you.
1. The harder you work, the luckier you get.
I’ve often told the story of how, when I was writing novels, I committed to getting published, asap. This was way before the Web. I gave myself ten years, to get a novel published. If I didn’t manage it, I’d give up my dream.
My plan was simple. A book proposal (three chapters and a synopsis) a month. Forever. Until I died, or until the ten years were up… or until I got a book contract.
The result? I had a multi-book contract from the British publisher Macdonald Futura six months later.
Yes, it was a lot of work. However, I committed to that plan. I survived on four hours of sleep. I stayed up late writing (on a typewriter), and got up early in the morning.
I worked hard: I schlepped, until I got lucky.
2. You gotta schlep.
Schlepping is slogging. No one likes it. However, schlepping is part of hustling. You do what you don’t want to do:
We don’t like schleps, Graham says, and that dislike provokes an unconscious blindness. We are, unknown to ourselves, pulling away from doing hard stuff (like seeing your friend in Queens).
Make your plan, create tasks which will help you to achieve that plan. Then schlep. You don’t have to like it. Liking doesn’t come into it. Just focus on what you’re doing.
3. Focus on NOW.
Once you’ve created your plan and your tasks, focus on what you’re doing. Stay out of your head: keep writing.
As I said in this article:
If you’re just focused on your goals, writing becomes harder than it needs to be. On the other hand, when you focus just on what you’re doing as you write — when you get into a state of flow — you’ll become inspired. Time passes, and you’re not aware of it.
There’s no way I could have written a book proposal a month without focusing strictly on my writing. At the time, I had a job, and young children, so I didn’t have a lot of time to write. I wrote when everyone was asleep. I just focused on the words.
You can’t hustle, without focusing on NOW. Stick with the present moment. Do whatever you’re doing to the best of your ability.
You can make money writing in 2014. There have never been more opportunities for writers than there are today. In 2014, I’ll be focused on ebooks: building my catalog. What will you focus on? Decide now. Then hustle… and don’t wait until 2014. Start now.
Writing a book (or books) in 2014? Your book coach can help.
If you’re writing a book, or books, in 2014, a coach can help you to HUSTLE.
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