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Quit Your Day Job—Become a Freelance Writer

Today’s guest post is from author Eve Pearce, giving us some helpful ideas on how to earn income as writers while waiting for those novels to sell!

For many fiction writers, it takes a long time (sometimes never) before enough income rolls in to be able to write full-time. Many writers dream of being able to quit the day job and make a more-than-decent living as a novelist. But what to do in the meantime?

You have another option besides sitting and waiting for your ship to come in. You could put your talent and creativity to good use by jumping into freelance writing. Whatever your preferred writing style, chances are that writing copy to order isn’t exactly your dream job. Nevertheless, writing fiction or poetry alone rarely generates enough money to pay the bills—at least not immediately.

In the meantime, then, it’s worth considering alternative ways to use your skills to supplement your income. Breaking into the world of copywriting can seem a huge and daunting endeavor, but it’s not impossible and can be very rewarding. Continue Reading…

Formulating a Clear Vision for Your Writing Career

As 2012 winds up, I’m taking an in-depth look at strategic planning for writers. In last week’s post I introduced the four things we need to look at when planning our writing careers: vision, strategy, tactics, and action. Rather than have a nebulous idea of what we want to achieve as writers, it’s helpful and wise to think about the goals we want to reach.

Then we want to take our vague vision and form it into something not only specific but laid out with reasonable milestones to reach at certain steps along the way.

By transforming our vision into doable steps, we can measure our success, reevaluate the milestones and goals as we go along, and hone that vision into a reality with its resultant rewards. Continue Reading…

Essential Strategic Planning for Writers—Looking Ahead to 2013

Since 2012 is winding down and many of us start looking ahead to a new year with hope, anticipation, and uncertainty, I want to devote the last few posts of this year to something I feel is essential for all writers (and probably for just about everyone with any career goals whatsoever): strategic planning. Some of you are probably groaning, for planning sounds a lot like plotting or marketing or promoting—just another thing that times time, effort, and yes—thought! Strategic planning sounds “corporate” to me—all business and no fun. Certainly not as much fun as just winging it with my writing in a creative flair without caring what the future holds. But most of us have some goals for our writing life. Maybe they’re a bit vague, like we want to become best-selling authors, or we want a lot of fans. I’d like to propose that in order to really succeed in your writing career, though, you really need to get a little more specific. Continue Reading…

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