"Required reading" for today's smart writer.

"Required reading" for today's smart writer.
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

How to "reboot" a stalled writing career!

Let's face it.
No matter how successful your writing career may be, there are times when you may simply feel “stuck”.
Whether you're afflicted with a serious bout of writer's block, fail to cultivate new clients, or can't seem to reach the next plateau to your publishing or financial goals.
It happens to the best of us.
But don't despair. You can move forward and make more money by mastering the following seven tips to kick your career in gear!
1. DISCONNECT---Pressure put upon us by life's daily demands can sometimes stress us out and stretch us to the limit. Balance is crucial. Seek a place of solitude, sip some tea, (or whatever helps you unwind), and escape the madness. Replenish your spiritual reservoir. As the expression goes, “you can't give from an empty cup.”

2. EXAMINE YOUR NET-WORK TO INCREASE YOUR NET WORTH---With all the social networking sites available like Facebook, My Space, and Linkedin, you're bound to make new friends and influence people. Tap into technology for optimal success.

3. REINVENT YOURSELF---Ever notice how every few years computers and associated software programs are updated for efficiency? So should your marketing strategies and creative goals. Got a Blog? Revamp it. Revisit your writer's resume and your promotional materials to make sure that they reflect any new products or services.

4. TROUBLESHOOT---What projects or clients proved to be unfruitful last month? Last year? How can you save more money or time in your business pursuits? Assess and act accordingly.

5. REPROGRAM---If you change your way of thinking you can change your life. Get rid of any negative self-talk and doubt. Think prosperity. “As a man thinketh, so it is.”

6. SEEK EXPERT ASSISTANCE--- No one knows everything. Sometimes outside help can provide solutions to plaguing problems. Why not hire a writing coach or seek a mentor to move forward?

7. HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN---To minimize the effects of “Murphy's Law,” make sure that you have systems and procedures in place for the worst case scenarios. For example, I recently had the misfortune of having my cell phone go out on me. Somehow the numbers that I had stored in my phone's database were completely gone somewhere to cell phone heaven. Many of those numbers were to key clients I had communicated with over the years. But, since I hadn't tossed out my little pink address book from
pre-cell phone days, I was able to stay connected.

By following these seven tips you'll be able to advance your career and stay ahead despite any tough times or “technical difficulties” you may encounter.


  1. Can you give me a hint on how to blog? I've gotton onto Wordpress and I think I can blog there but some of the jobs I've seen want you to blog for them presumably writing the blog on Wordpress and launching it to their site. I haven't a clue how to do that so I think I'm missing out on a bunch of jobs.
    Thanks for any help
    P.S. it told me to select a profile below this comment. I don't know what that means. I picked Wordpress but I don't know why...

  2. Thanks for writing.

    Unfortunately, Blogging has too many aspects for me to address them here in detail. And, I must admit that I'm not to be considered an "expert."

    Helpful articles can be found at www.writingfordollars.com and www.freelancewritinggigs.com

    Best of luck!