There’s never been a better time to be a writer. Opportunities are everywhere. However, many writers fail to take advantage of the opportunities. For these writers, becoming a consistently selling writer is more difficult than it’s ever been.
Here’s why. They get confused. They try one thing — blogging, or self-publishing, or something else. When they don’t sell, they become discouraged. They stop doing whatever it is. Then they spend months looking for something that’s “more profitable.” Or easier. Invariably, they find their new opportunity and that turns out to be fool’s gold, as well.
When these writers do have a success, they can’t repeat it. They end up writing as a hobby, or they struggle, placing low, hopeful bids on the outsourcing sites.
They never make the income they could be making.
Why? One reason. Their mindset, which means that they never develop the strategies which would work for them.
Selling Writer Strategies: the mindset you need to sell your writing today
As you may know, I coach writers, so I see writers starving in the midst of plenty. It’s sad, because there’s no need for it.
Important: you can have whatever success you like.
Start by adjusting your mindset. I looked around at the successful writers I know, who are making more money from their words than they ever expected. What set them apart from unsuccessful writers? It was their mindset.
Here’s what I discovered about that “success” mindset.
1. The successful writers focused on ONE thing
It didn’t matter what that one thing was: blogging, getting clients, copywriting, self-publishing…
They didn’t give up.
They made their chosen field of writing work for them. They didn’t let “failures” destroy them — they just didn’t see their failures. They knew where they were going, and they kept writing.
They chose an area of writing, and they were persistent. They just kept writing — they couldn’t do anything else, because of their mindset, which was fueled by happiness.
2. The successful writers radiated happiness and confidence
The successful writers looked forward to writing every day, long before they started to make real money. When their income soared, they kept that happiness and confidence.
Their confidence came from their happiness. It didn’t seem to have any other foundation. They were confident long before they had any marked success — and that confidence led directly to their success.
Happiness is essential. Writing made these writers happy, and that gave them confidence.
From: The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work, by Shawn Achor:
“Waiting to be happy limits our brain’s potential for success, whereas cultivating positive brains makes us more motivated, efficient, resilient, creative, and productive, which drives performance upward. This discovery has been confirmed by thousands of scientific studies and in my own work and research.”
3. The successful writers were curious
They experimented. They wrote daily, and their minds worked busily. They constantly tried new things. Whether an experiment worked or not wasn’t important. What they learned from their experiments was immensely important. Sooner or later, those experiments led them to success.
Once they had success, and were selling — more than they ever expected — they kept their curiosity.
4. The successful writers modeled success
The successful writers knew what success looked like, for them. They found writers in their area who were having the success they wanted to have. Instead of inspiring envy, the writers they modeled inspired them. These writers’ success meant that they could be successful too.
Their attitude was: “I can do it too.”
They believed that they could do it, and so they did it.
The four things you need to develop a selling writer mindset
Here are the four things we discussed, in a nutshell:
- Focus on one thing;
- Happiness, which develops confidence;
- Modeling success.
No matter who you are, you can develop a selling writer mindset too. Choose your one thing. Get happy, and curious, and model the success of others.
Selling Writer Strategies: the series
You’ve got the mindset, now you need strategies. Our new ebook series is focused on the strategies. My aim with the series is to provide you with solutions to whatever challenge you’re having with the field of writing in which you’re working.
Currently we have two ebooks in the series:
- Cash In On Article Writing: Selling Writer Strategies 1
- Short Fiction Secrets: How To Write And Sell Short Stories
I’m working on the third and fourth ebooks in the series. I firmly believe that no matter what you’re writing, these ebooks will fuel your success. And that success starts with your mindset.
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