Category: overcome fear

Newbie Writer: 7 Great Reminders to Cure Your Freelance Jitters

Newbie Writer: 7 Great Reminders to Cure Your Freelance Jitters

Newbie Writer: 7 Great Reminders to Cure Your Freelance Jitters. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’ve been working full-time jobs, the idea of becoming a freelance writer can be both exciting and terrifying.

It’s like stepping off the ground to walk a tightrope where one false move will send you plummeting to your death. There’s more glory, a higher degree of difficulty — but also what feels like a huge amount of risk.

The good news is, freelancing doesn’t have to be so scary.

The fact is, the independent-contractor economy is booming, thanks to COVID-19 changing the way we live and work.

  • An estimated 59 million adults in the U.S. are part-time or full-time freelancers, according to a recent Forbes article.
  • To put that in perspective, that’s about 36 percent of all adults old enough to work.

So you’re a newbie writer trying to figure out how to be a freelancer? Welcome to the Gig Economy.

There’s plenty of opportunity. So what’s the trouble?

A lot of the anxiety about being self-employed comes from inside you. From fears you have about how hard this is that are unfounded.

If you’re full of doubts about whether you can ‘make it’ as a freelance writer, here are seven key ideas that helped me get over the fear hump and launch my freelance writing career:

Article Writing Rejection? Do THIS to Bounce Back…Fast

Article Writing Rejection? Do THIS to Bounce Back…Fast

Bounce Back After an Article Writing Rejection. Makealivingwriting.com

Article writing rejection. It’s a tough pill to swallow for most freelancers.

Learning how to deal with it effectively may be more important than anything else.

Seriously, if you don’t handle article writing rejection well when you get a “no” from an editor, it can be devastating.

Ask yourself this question: Am I suffering from article writing rejection?

  • You know..one day you’re optimistically cranking out query letters and letters of introduction (LOIs) to land article writing assignments.
  • And the next, you’re rolling around on the floor in a puddle of self-loathing after getting a rejection letter from an editor.
  • Between angry and pathetic sobs, you shake your fist at the sky and sputter, “Whyyyy?!”

Been there, done that?

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been freelancing a while, getting an article writing rejection is part of the gig. Count on it.

Here’s the thing. Some writers internalize that article writing rejection so deeply, they’re paralyzed to continue.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you understand the five stages of getting an article pitch in front of an editor and how to handle rejection, you can bounce back fast. Here’s how:

What to Do When Your Writing Sucks

Freelance writer worries her writing sucks

We all know what it feels like to read brilliant writing. It draws you in, awakens your emotions and leaves you feeling alive with personal revelations. Most of all, it changes you for the better.

So what happens when you read your own writing, and it doesn’t quite rise to that level?

Some writers will say, “I know I can do better.”

But too many will say, “This isn’t good enough, and never will be. I should just give up.”

This is the moment when self-criticism becomes unhealthy and debilitating to your career. Your writing is going nowhere because it can’t get past your toughest critic — you.

As a writer and new blogger, I’ve been there. I know negative thought patterns will always creep their way into my consciousness and threaten to shut me down. In order for my career to survive, I’ve developed a few techniques to help turn my harsh self-criticism into constructive learning and growth:

7 Success Traits For Freelance Writers

7 Success Traits For Freelance Writers

Success Traits: How to Become a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.com

Every week, I hear from people who ask me how to become a freelance writer.

You hate your job, or you can’t work outside the home, or you want to be home with your kids…the reasons vary. But the glamorous reputation of freelancing has caught your eye. Being your own boss sure sounds great!

Everyone wants to know how this gig works — how to stay home and pay your bills with your writing.

Aspiring freelancers usually have strong writing skills. But there are other strengths you may lack that could doom your chances.

What does it take to be a successful freelance writer? Is this career for you?

Here’s my unvarnished, let’s-get-real list of key traits you’ll need:

The Credentials You Need to Be a Freelance Writer

The Credentials You Need to Be a Freelance Writer

Freelance writer credentials that matter most. Makealivingwriting.com

Note: Think you’re missing the credentials or qualifications to be a successful freelance writer? I wrote this post five years ago, and I still see a lot of writers struggle with this. The credentials that really matter have nothing to do with writing, and everything to do with mindset. Enjoy!  –Carol.

If I’ve learned one thing mentoring freelance writers, it’s this: Writers are hung up on qualifications.

I wish I had a dime for every time a freelance writer told me:

“I’ve always wanted to pursue a career as a freelance writer, but given that I lack a journalism degree, I felt unqualified.”

To which I can only say: Hey. Me too. Both on the no-degree front (I’m a college dropout with a degree in nothing), and the feeling inadequate thing, too.

Except I just plunged in and started writing anyway.

Do you think lack of qualifications or credentials are holding your back from being a successful freelance writer? Are you thinking about going back to school, taking another course, or talking yourself out of pitching higher-paying clients because you don’t have an impressive resume?

Everyone should be a life-long learner. But you don’t need a degree or credentials to be a successful freelance writer. Here’s what you really need:

Writing Fears: 13 Scary-Good Tips to Unmask Freelance Success

Writing Fears: 13 Scary-Good Tips to Unmask Freelance Success

13 Scary-Good Ways to Unmask Writing Fears. Makealivingwriting.com

What are your most terrifying freelance writing fears?

You know…the kind that keep you up at night.

The kind that turns your stomach in knots.

The kind that makes you want to tear your face off, scream into a pillow, or run away and never return.

Only you can’t, because you know you’re meant to write.

Freelance writing isn’t for the faint of heart. At every corner there’s an insidious monster…waiting, lurking, whispering, taunting you like a demonic doll with hollow eyes that sees into your soul.

You can’t do this.

You’re going to fail.

Who do you think you are?

Nobody’s every going to hire you.

When you meet Fear, Self-Doubt, and Rejection face to face in that abandoned warehouse, a dark alley, or a dense forest with seemingly no way out on the road to freelancing, what’s your plan?

Run, hide, surrender, accept your fate and sink into oblivion?

If you’re serious about freelancing, you only have ONE choice. Fight back. Face your writing fears, and keep going, keep pitching…until you find a way. You can do this!

Check out these scary-good tips to unmask your worst writing fears for freelance success.

How to Pitch & Win Freelance Writing Clients Without a Bullhorn

How to Pitch & Win Freelance Writing Clients Without a Bullhorn

How to Pitch & Win Without a Bullhorn. Makealivingwriting.com

You’re sitting at your computer wrestling with how to pitch an editor.

Maybe you’re anxious about a call with a prospect.

Or you’re frozen, thinking about putting yourself out there on social media, and telling the world, “I’m a freelance writer.”

That ever happen to you?

How to pitch freelance prospects, land assignments, and get paid well is on your mind…A LOT

And that voice inside your head keeps piping up…

  • Maybe you’re not cut out for this.
  • What if they find out you don’t know everything?
  • What do you know about how to pitch this prospect, business, or magazine?
  • If only you were more confident, more social, more outgoing….

If you’ve ever got stuck thinking you don’t know how to pitch or you can’t win at freelancing, because you’re not the loudest person in the room, you’re not alone.

Fortunately, you don’t need a bullhorn to connect with prospects and land well-paid writing assignments. Here’s how to pitch and win as a freelancer, even if you’re an introvert.

Ageism in Freelancing: 5 Wise Ways to Get More Writing Jobs

Ageism in Freelancing: 5 Wise Ways to Get More Writing Jobs

Wise Ways to Beat Ageism in Freelancing. Makealivingwriting.com.

Are you worried about ageism in freelancing? It’s a concern I hear from a lot of writers.

It’s not uncommon for writers to finally embark on their dream career after retiring or being laid off from a longtime job, or after several different corporate jobs. I also hear from journalists who’ve taken 10-20 years off to raise kids, and now they want to start getting assignments again.

But you worry that you’re “too old.” It’s too late for you. You’re obsolete. No one’s going to hire you.

If ageism in freelancing is your worry, I want to tell you it’s all lies.

I’ve been freelancing since late 2005, have owned an AARP card for several years now, and I’ve never been offered more lucrative projects than I’m seeing right now.

Want to know how to beat ageism in freelancing?

Writing Contest: Share Your Biggest Freelance Fear to Win

Writing Contest: Share Your Biggest Freelance Fear to Win

Writing Contest: Share Your Biggest Freelance Fear. Makealivingwriting.com

What’s your biggest freelance fear, and how did you overcome it? Enter our writing contest for a chance to win.

Fear has a way of holding you back as a freelance writer. It suffocates creativity. It gets in the way of taking risk. Let it dominate your thoughts, and fear prevents you from putting yourself out there, marketing, sending query letters, connecting, pitching your dream clients. Sound familiar?

When fear plagues your freelance writing career, it’s like being in the middle of a Stranger Things episode. You’re expecting the Mind Flayer or the Demogorgon to rip you to shreds at any minute. Only it never really happens.

But if you don’t face your fears, fight back, and pursue your freelance writing goals, the results can be devastating. You roll around on the floor. You procrastinate. Days, weeks, months, maybe even years go by in this state of mind. That’s a terrifying thought.

In this writing contest, we want to hear about your gnarliest freelance writing fear, and what you did to overcome it. Check out the rules for the writing contest and prizes for winners.

Freelance Jobs for Shy Writers: 10 Ways to Book More Work

Freelance Jobs for Shy Writers: 10 Ways to Book More Work

Shy-Writer Tips to Book More Freelance Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you a shy or introverted writer? Most of us are to some degree. But that doesn’t mean you can’t book well-paying freelance jobs and make a living writing.

In fact, being a shy or introverted writer can work in your favor. Seriously.

Have you ever cowered at the thought of cold-calling freelance prospects? Broke into a nervous sweat when asked to introduce yourself at a networking meeting? Or got queasy when it was time to get on the phone with a prospect?

It happens. Those get-in-front-of-people moments are terrifying for a lot of shy and introverted freelance writers. Ever felt that way?

The thing is, being shy or introverted isn’t a weakness, it’s just who you are. And if you embrace that as a freelance writer, you can book freelance jobs, get paid well, and make a living writing.

You just have to figure out how to do it in a way that jives with your personality.

Want to learn how to book more work, even if you’re a shy or introverted freelancer? Here’s how:

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…

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