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Can You Help This Freelance Writer Find the Courage to Start?

Carol Tice

Can You Help This Freelance Writer Find the Courage to Start? Makealivingwriting.comAre you having trouble getting started in freelance writing? Maybe you feel unsure of whether your work is ready for publication.

Or maybe you’ve gotten started in freelancing and remember how hard it was to get those first few clips. If so, you might be able to help a reader out today.

I recently got an email from a brand-new writer. “Bunny” writes:

I have been reading you for quite some time now. I am still in those early stages of writing wherein I have nothing published.

I am more than willing to work on that. Your article to invent your audience was of some help, but again I fall short of good content (great is something far far away, I feel) whenever I sit to write.

In the early stages of writing, could you please suggest something just so that I can feel confident enough to publish my first blog post?

Warm Regards–

I was intrigued by this question, as I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a note from someone who has not published anything, even on their own blog.

My response:

Given the insecurities I’m sensing in what you’ve written above, Bunny, writing for your own blog is a good place to start.

When you first start a blog, very few people are reading it, so it’s a great opportunity to publish a little. Imagine that no one is looking — you won’t be far wrong.

Play around with your posts and experiment! Be creative. The only way to develop your voice and discover what you really enjoy writing about is to write a lot.

A couple ideas for overcoming your fear of publishing that first blog post:

  • Find a writer’s group or let friends preview your post. You need some feedback, girl! This will help get you ready for the comments and feedback you’ll get on the blog, and later from editors as you start looking for freelance writing gigs. You’ll also probably get some support and encouragement as well once you find a peer group.
  • Look in the mirror and say, “Damn, I’m good.” Seriously. My dad taught me to do that every morning, and if yours didn’t, you should start now. I honestly believe you can’t survive as a freelance writer unless you feel, at base, that you are talented and have something to offer the world through your writing. So take a moment each day to ponder the fact that you are the one and only, unique, special you in the whole world. No one else can write like you!

In the end, at some point, you have to start. You have to say an article is good enough, and let it out into the world. If you can’t do that, you likely can’t be a freelance writer.

You have to get over your fear that your content isn’t “good” and give it a whirl. See this post I did a while back for WM Freelance Writer’s Connection about overcoming writing fears for some funny stories about my own irrational fears when I started out, and this one for 10 strategies for fear-busting. We all had these fears when we started…but just did it anyway.

Get started, and the more you write, the more quickly you’ll improve. Know that most writers look back and cringe when they read work from years back. All you can do is keep striving to get better.

Can you help Bunny find the courage to press “send” and publish that first blog post? Leave your thoughts and comments below.

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What is Copywriting? A Modern Definition and How-To Guide

What is Copywriting? A Modern Definition and How-To Guide

What Is Copywriting? The How-To Guide for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

It’s a question so simple, you might think everyone already knows the answer: What is copywriting?

But in my decade-plus helping newbie writers launch their freelance careers, I’ve learned not to assume. People come from all walks of life into freelance writing, and aren’t born knowing the lingo.

When I researched this question, it got even more interesting. Because I disagreed with many of the most popular posts on the topic.

What I have for you isn’t your grandpa’s copywriting definition and description. It’s a rebel’s 21st Century copywriting definition — and a how-to guide on how to break in and do it.

How copywriting evolved

Old copy hacks will tell you copywriting is the art and science of crafting writing that sells.

They’ll tell you writing that overtly sells a product or service is copywriting — and everything else is ‘not copywriting.’

That was once true — but it isn’t any more. Because the Internet changed much of what we once knew about marketing.

I’ve got a new definition of copywriting for you, one I think is more accurate for the 21st Century marketing era we live in now.

Read on to learn what copywriting is today, how to do it — and how you can capitalize on the changes to earn well as a freelance writer.

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