How to Speed Up the Process of Creating Your Own Personal “Writer’s Life”

Christina Gillick here – ready to wrap up my five-part series on building your writer’s life puzzle.

So far we’ve covered …

1. The basics of persuasive writing – or the “corners of your puzzle.”

2. Choosing a niche – which “frames” your business.

3. Starting to build a freelance website, the “center” of your puzzle.

4. Filling in the “background” sections, which connect all your efforts together …

At this point, you might be wondering how long it will take to finish your puzzle …

The answer is it’s different for everyone.

Some people dedicate a lot of time upfront and complete their puzzle quickly. Others spread it out over months or even years.

There’s no one right answer.

I personally spent five months putting enough pieces together to equal a full-time income. (I’m still not finished, because now I’m working on taking my business to the next level.)

So, even though I can’t tell you exactly how long your puzzle will take, I can tell you how to speed up the process …

Take daily action.

An incomplete jigsaw puzzle left sitting on a table will remain a box of leftover pieces.

But, if you spend just a few minutes each day looking at the pieces and snapping a few into place, over time the whole thing will “click” and come together.

That’s what I recommend doing with your freelance business.

Spend just a little time each day and you’ll soon see a clear image of your writer’s life puzzle start to emerge.

If you get stuck along the way, don’t give up. Instead, ask a fellow writer to help. Sometimes another person can pick out a piece we were simply overlooking.

Finally, don’t be afraid to follow what others have already done. Remember, a jigsaw puzzle is easier to put together if you look at the picture on the box. And, a freelance business is easier to build with guidance, which brings us to today’s action item …

Review the action steps I recommended this week. If you haven’t already, spend a few minutes completing at least one of them.

You can do this!

If you have any doubts, fears, or remaining questions, go here to leave a comment and get help.

Piece by piece, your own personal writer’s life will appear. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

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Published: October 24, 2014

5 Responses to “How to Speed Up the Process of Creating Your Own Personal “Writer’s Life””

  1. Hi Christina, Thank you so much for your articles this week. The step by step layout is so great.
    I do have a question - but I'm not sure where to ask.
    Now that I have a lead - I don't know what to do next! Before I do any work do I sign a contract, do they sign a contract - does anyone sign a contract?
    If you could suggest a list somewhere, or a summery of steps to follow, or anything ? - I'd really appreciate it.
    MaryAnna Rose

    MaryAnna Rose

  2. I recently made the decision to learn to be a copywriter and have invested in the Accelerated Program.

    I will get my information within a few business days from what I understand and begin working, like you say, as much as I can each day to gain this skill.

    I am looking forward to getting off the ground.

    Scott Moore

    Guest (scott moore)

  3. I just wanted to say Thank You Christine...This Writers Life topic could not have come at a better time...Right after Boot Camp! But it's not just the topic...It's the writer, and the analogy between the writers life and the jigsaw puzzle...The way you described it in each section, and the analogy you made to each part of a jigsaw puzzle was amazing! WOW...What a Slap in the head...Did it make sense!!! It clicked like nothing ever has... Thank you, Sue Morin

    Sue Morin

  4. I joined the Circle of Success at Bootcamp and am so excited to live the writer's life! But, I can tell I have some mental barriers. I have all the tools I need to succeed, but I can literally feel something holding me back, mentally. Any advice for discovering what it is and how to overcome it?

    Amanda Foxcroft

  5. I really like the analogy of the jigsaw puzzle because I'm very good at them and enjoy doing them. It reminds me of a stain glass course I took some years ago. It's a work in progress and can't be rushed but, you have to finish! You Don't Quit or Give Up! You just keep struggling along and work at it every opportunity you get and eventually you're bound to have results or accomplishments. Follow your rainbow till you get to that pot of gold. (Oh yes, a bit of pixie dust might help too!)

    The Missy-Jo Blue

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