Writing Life

Personal Issues Should Not Affect Your Work!

personal issues

Personal issues play a huge role in the performance of a worker. Whether you sit behind a desk at an office or you work at home, there will always be personal issues of some sort. Some of them may be minor and easy to dismiss. Others may have a more draining effect. Source Whatever the case may be, there is one thing that most employers and clients agree on: personal issues should not affect your work. They should be left at home once you step out the door; but what about freelance writers? How do you separate personal issues and [Read more…]

Common Doubts Writers Have

common doubts writers have

Recently, I wrote about kicking writers’ doubts in the bum. I hope that it helped those of you who are experiencing some sort of crisis in your freelance writing career.  Source Today, it occurred to me that it would be even more helpful to identify some specific doubts that may plague writers. Based on experience, here are some common doubts writers have. I might not meet the client’s requirements. This applies when you’re doubtful about applying for a job. Sometimes you may see a freelance writing job ad that you think is a great fit for you, but you are [Read more…]

Do You Have a Case of “Freelance Writer Isolation”?

freelance writer isolation

I could be wrong, but I think that many freelance writers – especially those who work mainly from home – are more introverted than extroverted. At the risk of stereotyping, many of us prefer to stay indoors, read books, browse the Internet, and watch (good) TV shows or movies/documentaries. Source That’s exactly what my personal preferences are, and when I do go out (and actually look forward to doing so), it’s to go grocery shopping and maybe sit down for a while at the coffee shop around the corner. In short, I barely socialize with “real” people in “real” life. [Read more…]

Why You Should Write Even If You Don’t Feel Like Writing

Why You Should Write Even If You Don't Feel Like Writing

You’re probably thinking, “Sure, been there; done that. I didn’t even bother to collect the t-shirt.” There is a point in every writer’s life when he just doesn’t feel like writing. Whatever the reason may be, it does not matter when you’re that point. You just probably want to do anything but write, but let me give you a little tug – back to earth. Source If you’re a writer, you should write even if you don’t feel like it. Of course, there are exceptions, but if you want to be a better writer, then you’ll have to push yourself [Read more…]

Signs You Have What it Takes to Be a Freelance Writer

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It all looks so promising on paper: Doing what you love, in your pajamas, on the couch with the Kardashians on mute for company. For successful freelance writers, that might certainly be the setup, or they might only be able to do it while hot desking from a more professional space. There’s no right or wrong way to be a freelance writer, but you do need to have a certain set of skills and the right personality in order to succeed. Otherwise, it might be more like a hobby or second job and not enough to keep you financially fit. [Read more…]

Three Things to Help You Bounce Back When You Feel Like a Failure

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I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been there at least once. A client sends back negative feedback that is so scathing even a rhino’s hide would burn in an instant. Or maybe your boss tells you you’re not doing a good job, and you need to step up. Sometimes, even a simple statement from a friend or family member may bring you down and make you feel like you’re a failure at what you do. Circumstances and triggers will differ, but these things happen, and the result is the same: you feel that you suck. Some people [Read more…]

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