7 Ways to Look Great as a Writer

This week we’re delving into the idea of self-investment and why it boosts your writing career.

So today, I want to talk about how to invest in your image. Or rather, your images.

Because you have two types of images: Your online presence and your actual, physical image.

Both are essential to your success as a paid writer, even if you’re committed to only working virtually.

That’s because both your virtual image and your tangible image affect the way people see you. In turn, that affects the way you see yourself – which shows up in your writing.

So, here’s how to take care of your online image:

  1. Take ownership of your online presence. The best approach is to set up your own professional writing website, so consider any time and money spent doing that to be well worth the investment.
  2. Make sure you have a LinkedIn profile that represents your professional writing background. Use other writers’ profiles as your template. LinkedIn is free, and a public writing profile is an excellent credibility booster. It’s like your online resume.
  3. Create social media accounts in your name. Even if you don’t plan to tweet or post on a regular basis, it’s best to claim your name so you have those accounts accessible should you ever decide to use them.
  4. Set up a Google Alert for your name and the name of your business. Go to www.google.com/alerts, put in your name, and you’ll get an email any time someone mentions you on the Web. It’s an easy way to monitor for anything written about you. When you come across something positive, you can link to it on your website or one of your social media profiles.

And here’s what I recommend you do for your physical image:

  1. Look your best every day. It’s true you can be a well-paid writer and work in your pajamas. But – at least if you’re like me – working in your pajamas makes it REALLY easy to go back to bed when you’re stumped for words. It also makes it REALLY hard to bust out into the sunshine for a brain-refreshing walk or a quick java break with a friend.
  2. Get fit. This is less about shedding unwanted pounds and more about taking care of your body. Your waistline measurements aren’t important. Your endurance level is. Get to the point where you can walk a mile in 20 minutes, and do it every day.
  3. Practice self-love. You should be able to look at yourself in a mirror and feel satisfied. I don’t care if it sounds hokey. Self-confidence is everything when you’re a freelance writer.

I can tell you from experience, when I feel calm, rested, and healthy, my focus is clearer and my writing sharper. And knowing I’m presenting myself in a positive way online gives me greater confidence when new clients come to call.

Tomorrow, I’ll explain how a fellow writer recently handed me a $60,000 income boost, and how to get writers like him in your network.

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Published: June 25, 2014

4 Responses to “7 Ways to Look Great as a Writer”

  1. Mindy, Thank you for the advice. I am a newbie preparing to launch and have been thinking about all I need to do. But I've overlooked (or put to one side) some of the valuable, practical steps I need to take to build a solid foundation for long-term success.
    Your advice this week is golden and goes into a checklist I will keep close by me as I take those steps.

    JudyB-RaleighJune 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm

  2. Hi Mindy

    Great article - I took action and set up my alerts. I need to shed the pounds too and others have told me so. Self-love is very important.


    Neal, Chorley, UK

    NealSmithJune 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  3. Hi Mindy, Great advice. Thanks for the reminder about linkedIn. One tip I'd like to suggest is:
    When choosing a photo to attach to your online profile, try to choose one that conveys a professional and competent image, one that will elicit a good impression from whomever may be looking you up say on linkedIn.. I'm not suggesting it has to be a professional portrait but rather one that best reflects the real you.

    wattswriteJune 26, 2014 at 1:30 am

  4. Mindy,

    Good series this week.

    Let me add a little to the topic of self-improvement.

    Earl Nightingale said:

    "We become what we think about."

    If we have negative thoughts, then we will experience negative results.

    If we have positive thoughts, then we will experience positive results.

    That is the best advice I can give to myself... my two sons... and our four grandchildren.

    Have a good day.

    Dave Wiley, Columbus, Indiana

    dave84June 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm

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