Choosing is a real challenge for every writer. Me too. I just wrote in my writing journal:
I’m committed to making 2014 the final year I take on so many ghostwriting projects.
Last year, I had every intention of cutting back on my ghostwriting commissions. However, long writing experience has trained me to grab great projects when I can. So I kept grabbing, which is fine. However, it means that I’m doing much too much “work done for hire”.
Each week, I receive questions from writers, asking whether they should take on this project or that one, or whether they should develop a copywriting or blogging career, or…
Let’s look at three questions which will help you to choose the right opportunity for you.
1. What do you LOVE to write?
I love writing fiction, but I gave up it up in the 1980s because of hassles with literary agents and publishers. Thirty years later, I realize that giving up fiction hurt. The pain is still there, buried deeply. It’s come out in resistance to working on my own fiction projects – it’s much safer to ghostwrite fiction.
Once you know what you love to write, stick with it. You can make it work. You can make almost any form of writing pay well today.
If you’re a new writer, you may think that you don’t know what you’d love to write. Consider what you love to read. What do you read for pleasure? If you’re very interested in something, that’s a sign to which you need to pay attention.
2. What’s EASY for you to write?
No form of writing is easy in the beginning. Every form of writing – copywriting, blogging, whatever – takes time to learn. However, even the learning needs to be fun and because it’s fun, it will be easier for you.
Writers never stop learning. We’re always learning something new, and writing something new, because every project is different.
If you decide that you’d like to learn copywriting, because it pays well, ask yourself whether you read advertisements with interest. Do you watch TV commercials, and have opinions? If you’re interested, learning will be fun, and chances are that it will be easy for you too.
One of my students loves blogging. She complained: “I’m spending all this time on it, but I’m not making any money!”
I had to grin at that one. Knowing what you love to write is 90% of the battle. Making money blogging is easy. Hundreds of thousands of people – maybe millions – do it all over the world. There are many, many opportunities to make money blogging. All it took was a little tweaking, and she’s started to make money. She has the potential to earn a lot of it, doing what she loves.
3. Can you ACCEPT what you write?
You’ve chosen a writing opportunity. But it’s not for you. Everything you write comes out wrong. You made a mistake – you need to choose something else.
NO YOU DON’T – you need to accept.
Acceptance is a biggie. Acceptance means that you need to develop ways to outwit your inner editor. It also means that you need to be prepared to write a lot.
Consider this: writing is rewriting. I’ve talked about “making mud” before.
You write – it’s horrible mud. That’s OK. You can mix mud with straw and make mud bricks, out of which you can build entire houses.
Writing isn’t typing, except for a very few writers who write as if taking dictation from the Almighty. I’ve yet to meet one of these lucky writers. For most of us, it’s making mud, and knowing that eventually, we can build whatever we like from that mud.
Accept what you write each day. Journaling will help. If you can’t accept what you write, you’ll write only what’s easy and meaningless for you. Over time, you’ll lose your inspiration, because you’re giving in to your inner editor.
Also consider: if your inner editor is screaming, it’s a good thing, even though it’s uncomfortable. You care about what you’re writing.
Every writer struggles with acceptance that what you wrote today is just what you wrote. That’s all. If it’s horrible, that’s fine. You can do things with it, if you keep writing.
With so many writing opportunities available to you, CHOOSE. Trust yourself. Once you’ve chosen, accept. And write. 🙂
3 Bestselling Programs Closing: Blogging, Content, and Fiction
Going, going… These three programs are being withdrawn on August 24, so grab these offerings. Your next writing opportunity may be among them.