Category: confidence

Writing Fears? 4 Tips to Obliterate Freelance-Introvert Shyness

Writing Fears? 4 Tips to Obliterate Freelance-Introvert Shyness

4 Tips to Obliterate Freelance Writing Fears. Makealivingwriting.com

Many freelancers tell me they have writing fears holding them back from taking the plunge into freelancing.

They worry they write too slow.

Or they believe the writing fears and worries that not having a journalism degree means they’re not qualified.

Many writers are introverts, and worry they won’t be able to do enough marketing to get clients.

Some are too afraid to make cold calls, attend networking meetings, ask for pro rates…

Sound familiar?

These stories always make me think of my high-school friend Kristy.

She didn’t own any shoes.

Kristy’s father was a professional gambler who was often out of town, or out of money. Or both.

With the result that most of the time, Kristy and her mother were barely scraping by.

But this didn’t stop Kristy from doing anything.

  • She left the tiny apartment she shared with her mother each morning
  • She attended school, and even sang in a vocal group with me.
  • The vocal group even wore a dressy skirt-and-blouse ensemble she designed.
  • We performed in swanky venues like banquet halls and fancy restaurants. We even played the Hollywood Bowl once!

Kristy was never asked to leave any of these places because she was barefoot. She never even got called out at school because she went shoeless.

I was fascinated by this, so I made a study of what she did that allowed her to skate by without this usually-essential item of attire.

Why? It’s a recipe for obliterating writing fears and overcoming shyness that every writer should follow.

How to Be a Freelance Writer: 8 Tips for a Mindset Makeover

How to Be a Freelance Writer: 8 Tips for a Mindset Makeover

Mindset Makeover: How to Be a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.com

If you want to learn how to be a freelance writer, what’s your game plan for bad days, self-doubt, and lack of motivation?

How’s your mindset? Optimistic or doomed to fail?

If you’re the latter (even once in a while), those little thoughts that cross your mind when you’re about to hit send, sign a contract, quote a project, or wonder if you can actually make money writing can wreak havoc.

  • What if I’m not good enough?
  • Should I charge this much?
  • Can I really make a living writing?
  • I’ll never be as good as her at writing.

When you’re hustling to learn how to be a freelance writer, there’s a good chance you work alone…in isolation…and your thoughts can make or break you.

Ever felt depressed, anxious, or fearful that you’ll fail as a freelance writer? Do those thoughts and limiting beliefs keep you from marketing, being creative, or making more money?

It happens. Just about everyone who’s traveled the path to learn how to be a freelance writer experiences some kind of struggle. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Ready for a mindset makeover for freelance success? Here’s what you need to know.

Punch Fear in the Face: 9 Confidence Boosters for Freelance Writers

Punch Fear in the Face: 9 Confidence Boosters for Freelance Writers

Freelance Writers: Punch Up Your Confidence Level. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you one of those freelance writers with a confidence problem?

You know…you think about pitching businesses and magazines, but you don’t actually do it, because you don’t think you’re good enough.

Or maybe you get a bite from a prospect, and then take forever to reply or book a call, because you’re afraid you’ll screw it all up.

Or maybe you’re stuck comparing yourself to other freelance writers who appear to be smarter, more creative, more successful.

Sound familiar?

If you’ve ever felt this way as a freelance writer, you’re not alone. But you’ll never achieve your freelance writing goals if you let fear and lack of confidence hold you back.

The truth is, even the most successful freelance writers have doubts, fears, and frustrations. But they know how to fight back, stay productive, and keep moving forward.

Ready to punch fear in the face, and give your freelance writing career a boost? Here’s how it’s done…

Worried About Competitors? Here’s the Key to Freelance Success

Worried About Competitors? Here’s the Key to Freelance Success

The only competition to worry about for freelance success. Makealivingwriting.com

How do you achieve freelance success with so many other writers out there? It’s a question that’s come up a lot lately, as well as four years ago, when I first published this post. The answer might surprise you. Enjoy!–Carol.

Ever worry about competing with other writers in your niche for freelance success?

After all, a lot of writers with more experience than you are hustling every day. Can you really make this work, or do you feel like it’s hopeless to even put yourself out there?

Spend a lot of time worrying about other writers, and it might seem like those established pros already have the market for writing all sewn up.

I had one budding freelance writer tell me:

“I know the healthcare industry from my job, but when I saw how many members the healthcare writers association had, I just gave up! It seems like it’s too competitive.”

Or if you’ve been around a while, maybe you’re up nights worrying about all the hot young, social-media-savvy writers who’re coming to eat your lunch.

If you’re going to think this way — always worrying about how many other writers are trying to do the same thing you are — freelance success is just going to be a pipe dream.

To win the freelance writing game, you have to put your focus in a different place.

Dealing With Rejection: 5 Bulletproof Strategies for Writers

Dealing With Rejection: 5 Bulletproof Strategies for Writers

5 Bulletproof Strategies for Dealing with Rejection. Makealivingwriting.com.

Rejection is inevitable when you’re a freelancer. You send out queries and LOIs, you’ll be dealing with rejection.

You get some bites and quote on projects…but then you meet up with characters like No, Not Now, Maybe Later, and Not Interested. When you find yourself reading yet another writing rejection, how do you respond?

Do you bounce back like a rubber band? Or does your confidence get flattened like a pancake?

Too many freelancers let writing rejection get in the way of success. And that’s a big problem. If you let rejection beat you down, you’re not going to make a living writing.

Believe me. I know what it’s like. I started out as a columnist and magazine writer. I experienced some early success and then I stalled. Editors started nailing No’s to my forehead. It was hard not to take it personally. Every writing rejection felt like proof I wasn’t any good, that nobody wanted my work.

I knew I had to do something about it. Fortunately, after a lot of research, trial and error, and thrashing around, I developed five bulletproof strategies.

Young Writers: Earn Big With These Vital Mindset Changes

Young Writers: Earn Big With These Vital Mindset Changes

Young writers: Make these 3 vital success mindset changes to earn big. Makealivingwriting.com

I quit my corporate job in February 2015 with $300 in the bank. I had no idea what I wanted to do besides make a living writing. I was 25 years old, and a total newbie in the writing world. There wasn’t a lot of demand for young writers, I thought.

The extent of my experience was winning a third-grade writing contest and getting a book published for my school library. I was motivated, but didn’t exactly have a plan or success mindset to build a profitable freelance business.

I didn’t have a degree, any experience, or, if I’m being completely honest, any idea how to get someone to pay me to write. Call it crazy. Call it youthful enthusiasm. Because it was.

I wanted to build a successful freelance writing business, but I wasn’t sure how to make it happen. Sound familiar?

After a rocky start, I realized that when you approach freelancing with a success mindset, it can have a big impact on growing your business and your income.

Fast forward two years, and I’m making over $100 an hour. And I’m constantly booked out two months in advance.

Here’s how I made that happen…

Here’s What the Six-Figure Writers Are Doing That You’re Not

8 Steps To Earn more from your writing Tips from Six-Figure Writers - Makealivingwriting.com

Does it seem like freelance writers live in two different worlds? Sometimes, it can feel that way.

In one world, writers are excited if they can move up from $10 a blog post to $15. They write entire websites or e-books for a couple hundred bucks. I like to call this the Underworld of Freelance Writing.

In the other, writers land four- and even five-figure contracts with terrific clients to write interesting, fun projects. They get so many great offers, they can’t take them all. And they get paid $200 a blog post, or more, and $35,000 and up to ghost a book.

These writers can afford to take vacations. They have retirement accounts. They eat out. Why? Because they have an entirely different approach to their freelance writing business than writers who earn peanuts.

If you’re interested in earning real money from freelancing, let’s take a look at what makes the difference:

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The Key Thing Aspiring Writers Need to Do to Become Legit

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