Are you an info junkie? How much time do you spend reading writing sites, blogs and forums... every day?
If you spend more time reading than you spend writing, you have a problem, and you may not even realize that you do.
Many of my writing guides include coaching, so I get to talk to lots of writers. Nine out of ten are info junkies. They have lots and lots of information, and very little knowledge, because they read, rather than write.
While it's wonderful that there's so much information around, 99 per cent of it is just noise. It's mental fast food. All it does is leave you bloated and unmotivated.
Get off the info junkie hamster wheel: get a plan
You need a plan, and then you need to follow your plan.
In Fab Freelance Writing Ezine next week, I discuss planning. I hope you read that, even though it's contributing to your info addiction. :-)
If you're thinking: "I don't know enough about _________ (whatever you're writing) to create a plan", you're wrong. You already know more than enough.
For example, let's say you want to write Web articles for extra money. You'd like to make $500 a week writing Web articles.
Is this possible for you?
Yes, it is. I don't care how inexperienced you are, you CAN do this. All you need is the ability to create a plan and follow it.
Here's how to start.
Brainstorm a little. Create a mind map.
After a few minutes studying your mind map, you can create a plan which is short and simple.
Your plan might look something like this:
* Create a Blogger blog (Blogger.com is FREE) and post my articles there
* Evaluate my progress; decide on next steps
You might think that this isn't much of a plan. I think it's WONDERFUL, simply because you've planned something -- and since you know your first step, and the next, that's all you need.
Now just carry out your plan.
At the end of the day (if you're not working), or at the end of a week, if you have a day job, you'll know a lot more than you know now, because you created a plan and followed through with it. You'll have experience, and experience is invaluable.
You'll also have an asset: a blog with five articles.
Now you can:
* Use the blog as an online portfolio and get article writing jobs; or
* Monetize the blog
Whatever you do AFTER you've created your blog doesn't matter -- you'll decide when you've done it. You can't decide before you do it.
The main reason I wrote the Sell Your Writing Online NOW (SYWON) training was to help writers to help themselves by doing the planning for them. SYWON isn't for everyone, and it may not be for you, but PLANNING your writing, and carrying out your plans is for everyone.
So please -- stop reading, and plan. And write.