Want to succeed as a writer?
Every … single … day.
Even if it’s just 20 minutes a day, you need to keep your writing muscles toned. It’s a great way to ensure you’re always getting better, and it will help reduce the chance of having writer’s block when you sit down to write an assignment.
Rebecca Matter here – with part one of my formula for a profitable freelance writing business. (Remember, this assumes you’ve already chosen the writing path you want to take. If you haven’t made your decision yet, I offered some help in yesterday’s issue.)
Part one – write something every single day – is the easiest of my three-part formula. It’s the one you can start today if you’re not already in the habit.
What should you write?
It can be a blog post, an article, a headline and lead selling a product you use … anything. Ideally, it’s something relevant to your writing business, but it doesn’t have to be. You just need to write something.
“I’ve tried before, but something always ends up breaking the habit.”
That happens to me, too. But I’ve learned how to overcome it …
The key is to choose a measurable goal for writing every day – either a certain amount of time, or a number of words.
For example, you can decide to write for 30 minutes a day … or decide to write 500 words, no matter how long it takes.
I also recommend scheduling your writing time every week. Whether it’s the same time every day or at different times … it doesn’t matter. But mark the time down on your calendar just like you would a meeting with a boss.
You wouldn’t dare fail to show up for a meeting with your boss!
So, give yourself the same consideration and follow through.
And, if something throws you off track (it happens!), get back on track as quickly as possible and reschedule your writing times once again.
Not sure what to write? Here are some ideas …
- Blog post targeting your potential prospects
- Article teaching someone how to do something
- Social media updates for a company you like on Facebook
- Email convincing your friend to share your political views
And if you’re still stuck, here’s an idea AWAI Member Eddie Stephens recently shared with me on Facebook …
I had hit writer’s block that morning, and after getting unstuck, I decided to share my experience. Eddie had been having a similar issue and found that re-writing other people’s work would help him get unstuck.
I tried it, and it worked!
Just remember, writers write.
So, commit to writing every single day.
Now, go ahead and set your writing schedule for the week …
And then tomorrow, we’ll tackle the second part of my formula for a profitable freelance writing business.
I’ll show you how to increase your value, and at the same time save you from wasting valuable time and money.
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