This Gig is Easy
Hi, it’s Mindy McHorse here to wrap up the week.
I've learned a lot during my writing career. And I hope you've gotten some insight from the takeaways I've shared this past week.
We’ve covered …
- Why you’ll never know everything
- Why you can’t do it alone
- How freelance writing paves the way to self-improvement
- Why writing won’t solve all your problems
This is the final, and best, piece of advice I want to leave you with:
This gig — writing for a living — is EASY.
Think about it. As a writer, you’ll never have to memorize textbooks full of big words. You don’t have to sit for painful board exams.
You simply learn some fundamental truths about marketing and the psychology of prospects and customers. Then, you practice writing techniques that address those needs. There are several programs to help you do that.
In the end, though, it’s really all about putting pen to paper (or keyboard to screen, whatever) and practicing what you learn.
Many of us hit roadblocks along the way to building a writing income. But most of those roadblocks have to do with things outside of the writing itself.
I’m talking about things like mastering your self-confidence, or managing your time efficiently. Being consistent in your goals and staying accountable to others. Surrounding yourself with inspiring people. Doing things that bring you joy.
That’s the stuff everybody should be doing no matter what line of work they’re in. At the end of the day, that’s the stuff that translates to truly satisfied living.
The only difference as far as the writer’s life goes, is that you have more time to figure all that stuff out. You don’t have to wait for a mid-life crisis, or for retirement. You face those questions on a daily basis.
When I first started, the writing scared me. I always worried I’d put the wrong word up on the screen. That froze me into inaction. The inaction depressed me. The depression tempted me to give up.
If I’d realized how easy the writing side was when I was green to this world, I’d have thrown myself headlong into mastering those other challenges instead of worrying about simple sentences.
Besides, you’ll find that connecting with other writers willing to peer review your copy is one of the single most effective ways to improve your writing. Goes back to the benefit of not doing this on your own.
What’s the easiest part of writing for you? Tell me here.
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