Can Writing Make You a Better Person?
Mindy McHorse back again. I've been sharing career-boosting takeaways from the Web Copywriting Intensive this week. Here’s the next one …
Freelance writing paves the way to self-improvement.
That’s because life as a freelance writer is a lot easier once you get good at mastering your life — not just your writing.
Let me put it this way. When I set out to be a freelance writer, I had two objectives: I wanted to write, and I wanted to make a lot of money.
It never occurred to me that in my quest to be a successful writer, I’d also learn how to set goals and follow through. Or that I’d have to figure out time management and reconfigure my lifestyle for optimal health and inspiration. I certainly never anticipated launching multiple businesses based on my own interests.
Maybe these are things you’d do in any other career, or things you do just as a matter of getting through life.
But the difference is, you’ll succeed faster at freelance writing if you start now on self-improvement. Here’s what I recommend:
- Set goals that go beyond money. Think about what you’ll do with your money once you have it — like pay off your house, travel the world, send your kids to college debt-free, start a charity, etc.
- Take care of your body by eating well and exercising in whatever way is most fun for you. A healthy body fuels a creative mind.
- Sleep. Your brain is your primary writing muscle. Just like an Olympic runner shouldn’t tax his legs by walking all over town before a race, you shouldn’t tax your brain before you tackle a writing project.
- Really focus on time management. Time management isn’t sexy, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be astounded at what you can achieve in a writing career.
- Do things that fuel your passion. A happy writer is a good writer, so doing things that bring you joy is extremely relevant to your success.
I think pursuing my passions — like making pies — also fuels and calms me. What do you do to inspire your writing?
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