Be A Serious Writer!

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If you don’t take your writing seriously no one else will either.  You have to schedule writing into your day – every. single. day.  If you don’t, you won’t develop the skills you need to be successful.

Setting up a schedule that you stick to should be a top priority for you.  It can sometimes be hard to do because some people feel that if you work from home you don’t have anything to do and they can interrupt you whenever they want to.  Set boundaries to let those around you know that what you do is a job – just like any other job.  You clock in and out – you just do it at home.

Make the people in your life understand that writing is your job and just like any other job you have hours that you have to keep in order to meet your deadlines, to market yourself and to just write.

If you don’t make it clear that you are serious about your writing, those who feel free to interrupt your writing won’t realize that you are serious.  Learn to say no when people ask you to do something in the middle of the day when you know you should be writing.

Being a serious writer enables you to get all of the projects done that you need to during your allotted time so that you can enjoy time with your family and friends doing all of the fun stuff that you want to do!

Enjoy the day!

 

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Start Keeping a Journal!

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As writers, we write.  However, sometimes we don’t use a journal to write in because we are always working on something else that has a deadline or something that we want to see published.

Slow down each day and write something in your journal.  Are you having trouble figuring out a story line?  Write it down and it might work itself out right there in your journal.  Or is what’s on your mind more of a personal thing?  If so, write that down too.

It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life and not writing down our feelings, goals or dreams.  They sometimes get moved to the side because we feel like they are in our head and might not need to be written down.

If you don’t write them down right now, put journaling time in your schedule so that you can keep your feelings, thoughts and goals right out there where you can always refer back to them if you need to.  You can always look back at everything you’ve learned over time.

Beginning today, try journaling and see if it helps to clear your mind and get more creative juices flowing!

Enjoy the day!

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Always Be Thankful!

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Sometimes with all the things going on in our lives we forget to be thankful for all of the things that we do have.  Start or end each day writing down all of the things that you have to be thankful for.

Being thankful will allow you to focus on all of the positives in your life and will help to keep out the negative feelings or thoughts that might try to intrude on your day.  It doesn’t matter what it is that you are thankful for, just remember that being thankful is a huge part of your success.

If you are having a bad day, take a look at your thankful list and it will make your day much brighter and easier to deal with.  Sometimes we get so bogged down with everything we have to do and with all of the deadlines that we have to meet as writers, it’s difficult to remember to be thankful.

But, if you have that list everyday then you will always remember that being thankful is one of the most important parts of your day!

Enjoy the day!

 

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Think Like A Writer!

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If you want to be a writer, you have to think like a writer.  What do I mean by that?  I mean that you have to believe in your mind that you are a writer (not just that you want to be one, but that you are one already). 

Maybe you have a 9 – 5 job during the day, but you get up early in the mornings to write or stay up after everyone else has gone to bed and write.  Or you write during your lunch hour and any other time when you can spare a few minutes.  No matter when you do it, you are writing, therefore, you are a writer.

Your mindset has a lot to do with your success so if you tell yourself you are a writer then you will begin to believe that you are just that; a writer.  It sounds good, doesn’t it?  Say it over and over until you know it to be true; in your mind and your heart.  I am a writer.  I am a writer.  I am a writer.

There, don’t you feel like a writer now?  I knew you could do it!

Enjoy the day!

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Plan For Your Writing Success!

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If you have chosen to be a writer as your career it is important to know that without a plan you more than likely will not be a very successful writer.

Making your plan should include a few things:

• Set a weekly schedule for writing time
• Set short and long term goals for where you see your writing career going
• Make sure that everything you work on during your work week will help you meet all of your short and long term goals
• Write down those goals so that you always have them in your mind
• Take the actions necessary to achieve the goals you have set for yourself and your business
• Be flexible because sometimes will get in the way of your writing; be able to adjust your schedule to help when that happens

If you try to follow these few things every single week, month and year you will see a difference in the money you will make in your freelance writing career.

Enjoy the day!

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