You Got This: My New Year’s Audio Pep-Talk for Freelance Writers

Carol Tice

Success in 2019: Pep-Talk for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.comAre you ready for the best year of your career, freelance writers?

January is always a time of so much hope, for everyone who has a dream in their heart to be their own boss and earn doing what they love.

But often, those dreams seem to flame out about as fast as those New Year’s Eve fireworks.

How can you stay on track? It begins with your mindset.

To help you make 2019 the year you earn what you deserve from your writing, I’ve put together a little inspirational message for you. I talk you through some practical suggestions for ways to follow through and keep your freelance-writing dream alive, all year.

Hope it helps you earn more! Here’s the pep talk:

Listen: My New Year’s Audio Pep-Talk for Freelance Writers.

Show notes for freelance writers who dislike audio:

Here’s why I decided to start a new tradition and send out a New Year’s message to freelance writers. Tell you a secret – January is always the biggest traffic month at Make a Living Writing.

That’s because so many people have New Year’s resolutions to quit their jobs and become freelance writers! And so many working freelancers are sitting themselves down and saying, SERIOUSLY. This is the year I need to earn some REAL MONEY from my writing.

Enough starving! And they start reading this blog.

And then, a couple months later…traffic goes back to normal. Because so many writers have already given up on themselves. They’re back to accepting the status quo. They think:

“I make $10,000 a year writing, and it’s a myth that anybody makes more.”


“I’m stuck in this day job.”


“I guess $20 an hour is all I can make as a writer.”

The negative self-talk creeps back in, and all the excitement and energy and commitment writers have today…it fades away.

Even though there has never been more opportunity for writers online than there is right now.

So the big thing I want you to know heading into the new year is the marketplace is NOT saturated. I’ve never coached a writer who does serious marketing and doesn’t get clients! The problem isn’t in the marketplace – the problem is between your ears. So let’s fix that with some mindset changes for the new year.

I want to head off the despair that often quickly sets in post-new year’s resolutions, and derails many writers’ new-year goals by giving you some actions to take to help you stay on track and achieve your writing goals this year. Let’s make this your year. Does that sound good?

These action ideas are all going to help you create a positive climate where your writing career can thrive.

Start by banning negative-self-talk and create affirmations that you deserve to be a well-paid freelance writer. If you can’t stop yourself from comparing yourself negatively to other writers, being down on your potential, you need to tune into that. And then, you need to stop.

Here are some ways to build that positive climate for yourself and support your writing success:

8 Strategies for building confidence

1. Affirmations. One technique that’s worked for a lot of my students is to post positive slogans by your mirror such as “I deserve to be well-paid as a writer,” or “Writing is my superpower.”

2. Gratitude. If you feel like you’re facing big obstacles and life has dealt you a raw hand, you can start each day with a gratitude list.

3. Mindfulness. Slow down, do a breathing exercise or a meditation to get centered and remember who you are. You’re a writer.

4. Avoid negative people. Another place the air tends to go out of the tires is talking to negative people who’re down on your writing dreams. Commit to NOT spending time with friends or relatives who don’t understand how important this is to you and that freelance writing IS a viable career. Commit to being around people who will support your goals.

5. Practice forgiveness. Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself for not being where you wish you were in your writing career – let me assure you, nobody is.

Accept that it’s OK to be right where you are now. We can only move forward from this place.

6. Know that you will use it all. Remember that everything that’s happened to you in your life has helped give you the writing talent and the drive to be creative for a living that you have now. Trust me, you will use it all, being a paid writer.

Nothing you’ve done has been wasted time – and I speak as someone who was an entertainment legal secretary for many years, to pay my bills. As a writer, my ability to be organized, to talk to celebrities and CEOs, and my fast typing speed, all come from that period and helped me move up. The same is true for the life experiences you have.

7. List your strengths. Another action you can take is to make a list of all the strengths you bring to the table, to post near your computer. I want you to build up your sense of how wonderful and unique your gifts are, because that will help you project that worth to clients and help you build confidence to ask for pro rates.

8. Find support. Finally, stop trying to do this alone. What we do is very isolating, writing by ourselves in our house. Get accountability to help you move forward. Whether you join a local group for solopreneurs, a writing group, a national association, or a support like my writer community, try to find an accountability buddy you can call weekly to discuss your progress.

My experience is that will make a HUGE difference in whether you’re one of those writers who gives up on their resolutions in January, or you’re a writer who’s going to persist and achieve what you want in the new year.

May the New Year bring you the opportunity to use your writing skill to provide for yourself and your loved ones. Here’s to great freelance clients that pay on time!

How will you move forward with your writing in 2019? Leave a comment and let’s discuss.

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  1. Scott Reaver

    Very inspiring, Carol. Thank you!

    Wishing you and your family a happy and very prosperous new year.

  2. Denise Boehler

    In gratitude, Carol, for your words of encouragement. We creatives absolutely appreciate it and are in need of it, today and always.

    Happiest of New Years to you and everyone in the group!

  3. Jeannie Michael

    Once again you have stepped up and hit that elusive ball of frustrations a good whack just when I needed to hear the sound of it (the whack).
    Thanks for the pep talk, taken to heart.
    Whoopee, this IS gonna be my year to work hard and see results.

  4. Victoria

    Thanks for the pep talk, Carol!

  5. Realyn

    Wow, thanks for the pep-talk, Miss Carol. I’ve just had a new idea as I was listening to you. 🙂

    Happy new year and may 2019 be kind to all of us, freelancers.

  6. Realyn

    Wow, thanks for the prep talk, Miss Carol. I’ve just had a new idea as I was listening to you. 🙂

    Happy new year and may 2019 be a kind year for all of us, freelance writers.

  7. Debbie Curtis

    I learned a lot of these techniques from Jack Canfield’s Success Principles, and they help keep me out of ‘imposter’ syndrome. Thanksgiving isn’t one day a year – it’s everyday. Be thankful we live in a country where we can be solopreneurs, be thankful for simple things like being healthy, having a roof over your head, etc. Everyday I affirm my intentions of having great clients come to me through my marketing.

    Great post to start the New Year off!

  8. Monica Sackman

    Thanks for this message. I really needed to hear #5 and #6. Looking forward to making 2019 a year of progress, in more ways than one. Many blessings to you and your family this year!!

  9. Neal Eckert

    Beautiful. These are powerful words that really resonated in my heart. You just knocked this post out of the park, Carol! 🙂

  10. Liz Koozmin

    It’s so nice to see all of these helpful tips in one place. For both writers and editors, it is hard to be kind to yourself when both you and your client demand perfection. It’s important to build and maintain self-confidence, especially when making the transition from salaried worker to freelancer. Let’s not let imposter syndrome get the better of us!

  11. Elmo


    You are the best! Thanks so much for your words of inspiration, I found them to be very helpful.

    I have your book on getting clients and it has been extremely helpful. Actually, it has become my manual for taking action and marketing my services.

    Absolutely indispensable!

    I was in Half Price Books the other day and picked up a used copy of Writer’s Market 2017. I was surprised to see that you had an entire section of your own in that book.

    Congrats! If that doesn’t tell you that you’ve become a major player in the market place, nothing will!

    I will continue to pursue my copywriting business thanks to your guidance and advice that I get from your excellent posts.

    Thank you so much for the inspiration, it means so much to me.

    God Bless and Happy New Year!

    Mark Elmo Ellis

    • Carol Tice

      Mark, that’s not the first edition I’m in either. The first time it happened, I used to just walk through Barnes & Noble, just for the surreality of seeing my name on the cover of it! I used TWM so much when I was starting out, and it’s still incredible to me that I’ve gotten to write for them as an expert. Long journey!

      So glad my tips have helped you, Mark.

  12. Judith Norris

    Your motivation and inspiration leave me breathless! Thanks Carol, for your kind, wonderful, magnificent words. They definitely urge me forward to do and be everything that is possible. Riverview Writers on Facebook is my community group just started in December. We’d love to hear from you!

    • Carol Tice

      Judith, you’re always free to reshare my content to your groups. 😉 Glad you liked the audio message — it was sort of an experiment, but I like how it turned out.

      • Judith Norris


        Experiments that work out are the best! Thank you for suggesting I share your link with Riverview Writers. Done. No comments yet. It’s a new group.

        Jon Morrow’s Guest Blogging course is at the half-way point. Soon I will be ready to check the CommentLuv button to add my latest blog post.

        Judith Norris

        • Carol Tice

          Oh fun! Jon’s mentoring totally changed my life. Hope he helps you launch a blog that goes far!

          • Judith Norris

            Thank you very much. Jon is absolutely remarkable! It reassures me that he mentored you.

  13. Theresa

    this is MY YEAR I AM going to make the transition from part-time writer to FULL-TIME freelance writer starting TODAY January 4th, 2019…

    I am going to have good paying and ongoing CLIENTS; I am going to make time (2hours)every day to write even if i have NO assignments; I am going to reach MY GOALS; I am good enough; strong enough; talented enough; TO SUCCEED in this career ON MY TERMS.

    • Carol Tice

      I like how you think, Theresa!

  14. Mary

    I can’t thank you enough for including the written word! So many people do just videos or podcasts.

    • Carol Tice

      I actually got emails from deaf writers and was very glad I included the show notes! Note to myself to continue doing so if I do more audio posts.


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