Want to get better writing jobs? If you’re stuck with no gigs, or gigs which depress you, a high-income writing career can seem out of reach. It’s not. Today, there are unlimited opportunities for you to make money from your writing. Over the past weeks, several writers have approached me, asking HOW to get great gigs.
These writers can get what they want, and you can too. All it takes is a change in mindset.
Let’s look at three essentials.
1. Show and Tell: Get Out There and Show What You Can Do
I’m always encouraging you to write more. I’ll say it again: every challenge you have with writing is solved by WRITING, in one way or another. If you’re not journaling, start a writing journal today. And if you’re not blogging, start a blog today: your blog is a writing sample.
Here’s why writing is important: writing kickstarts your creativity. You get ideas WHILE you’re writing. I’m always amazed that writing gives me more ideas for writing. The process works the same way for all writers. So write.
Here’s a scenario to get you thinking. Apply it to your own circumstances. Jenny is a new writer. She’s a mom, with three young children. She’d love to be a full-time mom, while also being a full-time writer. She knows that everyone in her family would be happier if she could make writing pay.
Jenny’s tried the outsourcing websites, and managed to get some low-paid gigs. She wants to create a “mommy” blog. She’s seen lots of mommy bloggers who make great incomes. She’s created a blog on Blogger.
She takes two baby products she’s recently tried, photographs the products, and writes a review of each one for her blog. She uses the reviews as a writing sample, and approaches companies in her local area. These companies have nothing to do with baby products, but Jenny’s blog posts give them an idea of Jenny’s ability with words.
Three days later, Jenny has a contract to write six blog posts a month for a local building company. She’ll be paid $600 a month, and a deposit of $300 is paid into her bank account. $100 per blog post! Jenny’s excited. That’s more money than she’s been paid for her writing to date, and she knows that this is just the beginning.
Jenny decides that she’ll write more blog posts, and will approach more companies. Jenny is on her way to developing a great writing career.
2. Reach Out: Hustle! Commit to Your Success
If there’s a secret to Jenny’s success it’s this: she followed her creativity and intuition when she wrote her blog posts, and she reached out to companies which might hire her.
She didn’t ask for any guarantees. She wrote, and reached out. She was also committed to her success. She decided that no matter how many companies said NO, or ignored her, she would keep going.
That’s the mindset you need. You need to know that it’s possible to get what you want, and moreover, that you’ll keep going until you’re successful.
3. ASK… Ask Everyone, Including Other Writers
Writing can be a lonely profession. We writers tend not to mind that, but you need other people. This means that you need to be willing to ask for what you want.
You’ll be amazed at what happens when you ask. Ask for help from anyone and everyone. Ask people who can hire you, ask your friends, and ask other writers for help too.
No one can read your mind. If you don’t ask for what you want, you’ve got zero chance of getting it. So, make a little list of what you want. Put anything you like onto your list. Then, ask people who can help you to get what you want.
Not sure what you want? Dream big. 🙂
You CAN have the writing jobs you want. The process I’ve outlined for you has never failed for writers who commit to it. Get started, right now.
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