Make 2012 the Year YOU Make it As a Writer
Here we are in a brand new year. Everything is possible — allow yourself to dream BIG. Create some New Year’s resolutions for your writing.
Here are 12 resolutions you could make.
1. Write Every Day
You can’t sell it if you don’t write it. Stop being stingy with your words. My writing career took off once I made WRITE MORE part of my consciousness.
Here’s a tip: you don’t ever need to know where a piece of writing is heading. You can’t know: all writing is a journey of discovery. Allow yourself to explore — write for yourself first, then write for others. Every day.
2. Stop Judging What You Write on a Particular Day
Creativity is chaotic. Stop judging. Just write. All writers are horrible judges of their own writing.
Your writing is what it is. Once you’ve written, you can revise. Your first drafts are just raw material. Get the words out; kill your inner editor while you’re creating. (He won’t stay dead. He’ll be back when you need him during revision.)
3. Get out of Your Comfort Zone
What would you love to write, but feel that you can’t? Write it anyway. Get a model for whatever it is, and write. (See #2 when you do.)
Look on all your writing as practice. You’re supposed to fail your way to success — that’s how it works.
Be brave, and tiptoe out of your comfort zone… every day, if you can.
4. Write More, by Planning More
Set goals for your writing — improbable goals. Then create plans to achieve them. You will fail — more than once. Accept your failures, they’re the price you pay. When you fail, create another plan, and another.
Keep planning and writing.
Big tip: ask yourself questions. You’re much smarter than you think you are. Your own answers to the questions you pose to yourself help you to plan.
5. Keep Your Deadlines, Even the Ones You Set Yourself
Commit to your deadlines: all deadlines. As soon as you’re hired to write, start writing. Finish before the deadline.
Accept no excuses, and forget perfectionism. Perfectionism will destroy your career if you allow it. (See #4.)
Writers are communicators. Your clients are not. They want you to ask questions — often they’re not sure what they want from a piece of writing. Therefore, you must ask questions, even if you feel that you should somehow be able to read a client’s mind.
Get comfortable asking — every day. Vital: get comfortable asking for the money you want from clients.
7. You Don’t Need Anyone’s Permission
You write because you write. That’s all. You don’t need anyone’s permission to create. Just do it.
When you begin working with professional editors and agents, you’ll soon realize that you’re the expert on YOU, no one else. That being the case, why bother trying to get validation from others?
8. Punctuation Matters: Learn the Rules (then Break Them if You Wish)
Develop a mad love affair with words. They’re the building blocks of your career. Appreciate them, and learn the rules of grammar and punctuation.
You can break the rules if you wish, once you know what they are.
9. Brainstorm Ideas, Every Day — Aim for 20 Ideas a Day
Your career is built on ideas. Become a master creator: create 20 ideas a day.
Make it a discipline. 20 ideas a day is 140 ideas a week, and 7,300 ideas a year.
Create an Idea Bank to store your ideas. I use Evernote for mine, because I can access it on all my devices.
Tip: your ideas build enthusiasm, and with enthusiasm, you can write anything you wish.
10. Develop Writing Workflows Which Work for You
Over the years, I’ve developed workflows which help me to produce. I’m constantly refining my workflows, because they help me to create.
Once you’ve completed a project, think about how you did it. Create boilerplate text, and templates, to save time and energy.
Good workflows make writing easier — and more fun.
11. Build Your Network, Online and Offline
It’s never been easier to build a network of contacts. Use tools like Twitter and Facebook to build your networks. Build networks offline too, in your local area. Join a local writers’ group — or start one.
12. Mine Your Archive (or Build a Writing Inventory if You’re New)
Over the years, I’ve built a huge archive. I love browsing through my archive; it gives me fresh ideas. My archive is my inventory: it’s worth money to me, today, and in the future.
If you’re a new writer, start building your own inventory today.
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Developing a copywriting services business makes sense if you want to write from home.
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