Recently, I was talking to someone who told me they would write for sites like Constant Content if they could just figure out what to write about. This person was convinced that she couldn’t create sellable content unless she put hours and hours into researching, and she just didn’t have that kind of time. I…
As many of you know, I’m currently writing a series for freelance writers called A Freelance Writer’s Guide To. The series is planned out, the first book, A Freelance Writer’s Guide To Researching, is already published, and the second book, which is all about marketing, is already underway. The eBook series will have about 10 books when…
I think Writer’s Market is one of the most helpful tools you can have as a freelance writer. It’s essentially a directory of all the publications in the Universe. Okay, maybe not the Universe, but close enough. Whether you’re looking for consumer magazines, trade magazines, fiction publications, or book publishers, you can find them on Writer’s Market.
Writer’s Market is also a great resource because it tells you things you can’t really find out anywhere else. Like whether or not a publication accepts freelancers, if they pay on publication or on acceptance, and how much per words they pay you.
In a paradoxical twist, writing longhand saves you time because it slows you down. I know, it’s a mind bender, but think about it. Part of the reason writing longhand is so efficient is that it forces you to really think about the words you’re writing.
If you’re anything like me, typing tends to be a pile of word vomit. This is truer the faster you type. When you can pretty much type at the speed of thought, you wind up with a lot of rambling nonsense that you have to edit later. You’re also bound to skip over important information because you’re going too fast.
Writing by hand allows you to slow that process down, allowing you to think more clearly – away from distractions – and allows your brain to filter out the fluff words before they ever make it onto the page.
If you see life as a series of things that happen to you, you’ll feel like a victim, be miserable, and give up a lot faster than you would if you had a different outlook.
But if you choose to see life as a series of things that simply happen – and you understand that while you may not get to choose these events, you get to choose how to react to them – I believe you can create massive change in your business and your life. Positive change.
So here’s to a year of going for it, seeing the new year as an open door to beautiful things, to growth and potential, and to making the commitment to produce as much as you can and to choose the best and most positive outlook whenever you can.