"Too Good to be True"
Mindy McHorse, back with the fourth installment in my list of major takeaways that enhance your freelance writing career:
Writing won’t solve all your problems.
I know a lot of well-intentioned folks who seem to think the opposite — that a writing career will solve all their problems, that it’ll make them rich and handsome and loved and stress-free … and all those other things we’d all like handed to us on a platter.
But it won’t.
I call this the “too good to be true” crowd. They ask me things like,
“Is this for real? Because my wife left me recently, and I have a ton of bills piling up, and my car broke down, and I’m late on my rent, and my doctor just told me I have gout.
“But it sounds like you’re saying being a freelance writer can fix all that?”
Uh, no. YOU have to fix your own issues. YOU have to do the work. What freelance writing can give you, once you master the key techniques, is a great income, a very flexible schedule, and the ability to live anywhere in the world. And you get to be in an environment full of successful and motivated people.
The writers and entrepreneurs I’m connected to on Facebook are forever posting stuff about success and inspiration. They regularly share business goals and client success stories. It’s stimulating.
Contrast that with my non-entrepreneurial Facebook friends whose posts pretty much center around Farmville and other Facebook games.
As I mentioned yesterday, the successful freelancer’s lifestyle encourages you to master quite a few things beyond writing — like time management, goal-setting, and self-motivation.
Networking with other professional writers can definitely speed up your path to success as a freelancer.
I find the influence of this “winner crowd” goes a long way in making me want to aim higher. (While we’re on the subject … what inspires you to push harder in your goals?)
But, I know I have to do the work … the writer’s life won’t do it for me.
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