Happy 2015, dear writer. Ready to get your writing off the ground in this bright and shiny new year? Let’s get started with some writing tips to give you ideas and inspiration.
Start by create a resolution to make this year your best-ever.
1. Track everything, so you can follow up
PLEASE follow up. We’re all busy today, so make sure that you follow up with past clients, your current clients, and prospective clients.
2. Write what YOU want to write
What do you want to write? Writers have more opportunities than they’ve ever had. So you can write just about anything you want to write, and make money doing it. Yes, you can make money from your passions. One of my students wrote a children’s book last year. This year, she’s following up with more of the same.
Believe in your writing, and write what you believe in.
3. Write a description of your ideal freelance writing client
Who’s your ideal freelance client? Is it an agency, which sends you work? Do you love helping small businesses? Want gigs with big businesses? Dream. Write a short, 200-word description of your ideal client.
You deserve the BEST clients, and only you know who those clients are.
4. Set aside time to write every day
No clients? Perhaps you’re writing ebooks. If so, please set aside time to write every day. This applies if you’re transitioning from writing for clients to writing for yourself, too. Make writing the first thing you do every day.
If you find it hard to get started writing daily, check out the Easy-Write Process, so that you have a method. It will pay off for you within a week.
5. Discover the power of batching your writing
What’s “batching”? It’s grouping tasks together, so that you can get into the mindset for that task. For example, if you’re blogging, create an editorial calendar, so that you know what you’re writing about each week and month. Then batch-create: outline five blog posts in one batching session. Find ten images in another session, and edit them.
Batching lets you work more efficiently.
6. Got a timer? Use it (if not, get one)
A timer prevents procrastination. If you know you’ve only got 25 minutes on a task, you’ll work quickly, because you don’t have time to dither.
7. Remember the D word (discipline)
Writing requires discipline, as you know. It’s easy to write when you’re inspired, and can’t wait to get to your computer. Sadly, inspiration comes when you’re writing, rather than thinking about writing. Discipline ensures that you write, whether you want to or not. Then inspiration happens. 🙂
8. Remember the O word (organization)
Make 2015 the year you get organized. You know how much organization you need. Organization gives you the time and the space to be creative. It’s impossible to create when you don’t have what you need, or when you can’t find what you need.
9. Remember to DO! (D word and O word)
Discipline and organization make it easier to DO (D word and O word.) Take action. The more you do, the luckier you’ll get.
And, most importantly…
10. Scare yourself every single day
Your comfort zone is a trap. It’s seductive. However, if you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind. Do ONE thing which scares you. Keep a tally of the brave things you’ve done. Before too long, your comfort zone expands. The benefit? Your confidence and income goes up.
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12. Full-time writer? Make time to relax. Part-timer? Ditto
Burnout is real. Take heed. I’ve had a couple of episodes because I worked too much. I took on too much, stress piled on top of stress. Then I couldn’t write at all. Scary times. So, when I say “relax” I mean it: it’s for your mental and physical health.
Each day, pick an activity you love, and do it. Key word: activity. I love to read, and it’s my favorite pastime, BUT it’s sedentary. You need to sweat from physical activity every day, so that you burn off the adrenaline you get from writing.
13. Make 2015 the year you USE social media
Yes. Social media. I saw you wince… 🙂
14. Polish up your website (or create one)
You’ve got a website, yes? Of course you have. Do a little something with it every week. You could:
- Add another writing service;
- Add a couple of writing samples;
- Add a testimonial or three…
No website? You know what to do… 🙂
15. Have FUN every single day
Is writing fun for you? If it isn’t, you need to fix that. We’ve talked about writing anxiety — that article will help.
Here’s something else that helps. DECIDE to have fun. Several times, students have taken issue with me and my “have fun” mantra, and that’s perfectly OK. I might pay attention if their misery either made them better writers, or writers who were coining gold. They’re not. They’re miserable for no good reason.
You can’t be creative if you’re not having fun. You can’t be productive, either. I recommend the Easy-Write Process to you for a reason. Fun isn’t frivolity. You can be a super-serious writer who has fun because he knows that without fun, there’s no creativity.
Use these writing tips.. they’ll help to ensure that 2015 is wonderful for you…
Make 2015 the year YOU make money from your creativity
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