Category: Ed Gandia

Build Success with the Lego Productivity Method for Writers

Build Success with the Lego Productivity Method for Writers

Build Success: The Lego Productivity Method for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

How do you build success as a freelance writer and make the most of your time?

When you’ve got writing deadlines closing in, freelance marketing work to do, and a long list of emails to read through, and they all seem important, it’s hard to get stuff done.

Have you ever sat in front of your computer for a day, buzzed from one thing to the next, and felt like you didn’t get anything done?

That’s not exactly how you build success as a freelance writer. You have to figure out how to fit all the pieces together, brick by brick, to make it all work.

But freelancing doesn’t exactly come with a perfectly-scripted instruction manual like a Lego set does. Every writer builds success a little bit differently.

So how do you figure out how to meet your writing deadlines, find great clients, get more work done, enjoy the freedom of being of being a freelancer, and ultimately make more money?

Ed Gandia’s solution is the Lego productivity method for writers. Check out the step-by-step instructions to build success in this Q&A:

10 Life-Changing Books for Writers (Hint: They’re Not About Craft)

10 Life-Changing Books for Writers (Hint: They’re Not About Craft)

10 Life-Changing Books for Writers (Hint: They're Not About Craft). Makealivingwriting.com.

What happens when freelance writers want to build their careers? Well, since we’re ‘word’ people, we tend to ask our friends, “What good books for writers should I read?”

Lengthy chats erupt on Facebook in response, about the most inspiring and useful books on writing craft. Books such as Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, and Stephen King’s On Writing are enthusiastically discussed and endorsed.

I’ve read and loved these books, too. But I don’t think they’re the ideal books for writers, especially if your focus is making a reliable living at your craft.

My experience is writers read these books, think, “Aaah, wonderful! Terrific insights.” Then, they go straight back to starving.

Also, most writers I know don’t need to improve their craft. They write just fine.

The books for writers that will make a bigger impact are the ones about how to make a business from writing. How to freelance successfully. How to finally find the confidence to put your writing out there.

Those are the books for writers that can really change your life. The books that show you how to feed your family, on a regular basis, with your craft.

If that’s the sort of help you need, here’s a list of practical books on the business of being a writer that I frequently recommend.

The Truth About How Much Freelance Writers Make

The Truth About How Much Freelance Writers Make

The truth about how much freelance writers make. Makealivingwriting.com

Data on how much freelance writers make can be tough to pin down. But it’s something every writer wants to know. I tackled this topic three years ago when I published this post. And it’s a topic that never gets old. Check out the updated resources. And be sure to ask yourself the two questions at the end to determine your earning potential. -Carol

It’s one of the most-asked questions I get: “Can you tell me how much freelance writers make?”

Let’s face it — we’ve all got mouths to feed. So it’s important to get a sense of whether freelance writing can yield you a real, bill-paying level of income. It’s a good question to ask.

There are two steps to figuring out the answer to this question.

The first is to find survey data on what freelancers make. That gives you a sense of what’s possible, and what’s typical.

The second step is a bit harder, so let’s start with data.

A Simple and Fun Hack to Boost Your Productivity

By Ed Gandia Ever find yourself with small pockets of time that seem "unusable"? For instance, you have 30 minutes before your next appointment, which doesn't give you enough time to dive into that article you've been working on. Next time this happens, resist the...

Get Inspired! My Mentors’ New Year’s Resolutions for Freelancers

Well, this is it. Wrap it up with a bow -- 2012 ends tonight. It's time to reflect on what we've done as writers in the past year, and look ahead to what we want to write in the coming year. If you don't set a course, odds are high you won't end up where you wanted to...

What Freelance Writers Can Learn From the World’s Best Restaurant

By Ed Gandia Bern’s Steakhouse is by far my favorite restaurant anywhere. I’m not alone. John Mariani, one of America’s top food critics, has called this Tampa, Fla. steakhouse “the most remarkable restaurant in the entire world.” Why is Bern’s so special? There are...

5 Secrets No One Tells You About How to Write for the Fortune 500

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a freelance writer for a big, brand-name company? You'd leave behind the feast-and-famine world of writing for small businesses with their meager marketing budgets, or regional publications that pay a pittance and...

The Best Freelance Writing Advice I Heard All Year

Heard any useful writing advice lately? I have. Since July, I've been holding weekly live events for members of Freelance Writers Den. Each week, I invite a writing pro to guest on the podcast and share their knowledge. This has quickly shaped up to be my favorite...

113 Things You Can Do to Grow Your Freelance Writing Income — Now

Aren't you sick of the negativity out there in the freelance writing community? I know I am. You know the spiel. Comments like: The economy is still so awful, bla bla bla. All articles are now $5 or less. I can't believe this Craigslist ad asks for three free samples....

6 Things You’re Flubbing in Your Marketing Emails

I've been reading a lot of writers' letters of introduction lately as part of an online-writing bootcamp I put on. An LOI is a short email you send to introduce yourself to prospective businesses or trade-publication editors. These are also known as marketing emails...

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