Here’s what I covered on the blogs this week…
There’s huge competition for attention online. Professional Web writers understand how to get that attention. Discover four easy little secrets to professional Web writing success.
Want to get started as a freelance writer? It’s a lot less complicated than you think, and it’s much more fun and lucrative than you expect. Discover three easy tips to help you to take the first steps in your new career.
You can turn ebook writing an selling into a very lucrative business. In this article I give you a strategy which will help you to sell more copies of every ebook which you create.
Want to write fiction? Not too long ago, it was the sure route to the poorhouse for freelancers. The Kindle changed that. Nowadays, novelists can take their future into their own hands.
What's standing in your way as a writer? Often, it's just one small thing.
To help you, I've opened the Team Up program again for a short time.
I first offered Team Up at the end of 2010, and it was wildly successful. Writers loved it, and I've received many requests to offer it again.
So this is your chance to get the help and guidance you need. You'll receive my private email address, so you can contact me at any time. I'll be on your team, so we can brainstorm, kick ideas around, and write together.
Let's team up, and make 2011 your best writing year ever.
Here’s what I covered on the blogs this week…
You’ll love issue 3 of Fab Freelance Writing Pro. It comes with a bonus ebook, and two videos. You’ll discover exactly how to optimize your content for the search engines. Hint: there’s a little bit more to it than distributing keywords through the content like raisins in a fruitcake…
You may earn more for your freelance writing endeavors if you have more to bring to the table.
Are you trading hours for dollars? As soon as possible, you need to begin creating residual income. You can do this with just 15 minutes of “spare” time each day.
Writing articles offers unlimited opportunities for you. Discover how you can write easily, using your own expertise, so that you find the very best opportunities for you.
If you want content for your blog, or are looking for opportunities to guest blog, here’s a site you’ll appreciate.
Promoting your copywriting services business can seem scary. In this article, I give you four fun promotional methods. Try them — they’re highly effective, and they encourage you to have fun promoting your business.
Every writer faces the terror of the blank page, every day. Here’s how to eliminate the terror and start writing.
If you’re writing a book, please be aware that publishing is all about the RIGHTS. There’s a nasty dispute with a major publisher brewing. I have no idea what it’s all about. The lesson you should learn is that you need to guard your rights, because they’re all you have.
Relaxation is key when you’re writing. You’ll discover that you’re not only more creative when you’re relaxed, you’ll also have much more fun.
In the real world, writers write and promote their writing. There’s no way around this. Do it until it becomes a habit. It’s necessary.
Is your writing boring? Create some trouble — quick. Your readers will thank you.
You can write and sell whatever you want to write and sell. However, the devil is in the details. Get the details right, and you can’t fail. Discover what those details are. When you know, you can take care of them, and write successfully.
If you’re writing a book, you need to decide how you’ll handle reviews now, before your book’s published. Some authors can’t handle reviews. If you feel that you won’t be able to, don’t read them.
Want to freelance your fiction? Crazy as it may seem, opportunities are opening for you to do just that. You can find writing jobs on the outsourcing sites writing novels, and of course, you can self-publish for ebook readers like the Kindle.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has sold a million copies in ebook form, setting a new record.
Everyone hates trouble... except writers.
We must have trouble, otherwise we have nothing.
If you're writing fiction, and everything in your fictional garden is rosy, you'd better introduce a serpent, quick smart. Conflict drives stories, happiness ends them.
Nonfiction writers look for trouble too. Whether they're writing news stories, or self-help books, trouble gives you something to write about.
Whenever your writing feels flat, create some trouble. Your readers will thank you.
Did you know that businesses need bloggers? You can turn your blogging skills into income fast, even if you've never made a cent from your writing.
Your writing demands focus. However, it mustn't be a grit-your-teeth-with-sheer-determination kind of focus. Try to be as relaxed and casual as you can, while mentally shutting out everything around you.
I often suggest to my writing students that they write first, as soon as they get out of bed in the morning, before they do anything else.
This works, especially for long projects. You're physically relaxed first thing in the morning. This is wonderful if you're writing a book, because you can collect all the unconscious insights you've developed overnight immediately, before they're lost.
If you write well first thing in the morning, remember how this feels. Over time, you can learn how to drop into your "writing" mind state, anywhere -- in a cafe, at a party, or at the beach.
Music relaxes some writers, so put your headphones on if it helps. Other writers are relaxed late at night, when the rest of the family is asleep.
Warning: avoid alcohol and other substances as a method of relaxation. Your aim is to be alert, while focused and relaxed.
Learning meditation is a fantastic idea. Meditation teaches you to develop a relaxed, yet focused mind state.
Remember: ALWAYS be prepared to write junk. Once you have something on the page, you can work with it.
Want to write anywhere, anytime, and whatever you please? You can, when you discover the Easy-Write Process.
At least twice a week, and sometimes even more often, I receive messages from writers which ask "how do I get inspired?"
The answer's always the same: start writing. Inspiration happens when you're writing, always.
So, get something -- anything -- onto the page or computer screen.
EVERY writer (you, me, every writer) is struck with momentary terror when they look at a blank page.
It's normal, and completely natural.
I could blather on about right brain/ left brain, and the interaction of your conscious mind with your subconscious. That's theory, and knowing the theory won't help.
Here's what helps. As soon as you sit down at your computer, write a nonsense sentence. Any sentence you like.
Alternatively, write yourself an email message about your current project.
Once you've broken the ice, words will follow.
You goal is to fill the page, so please don't be fussy about which words they are.
If you want to make money writing, the big benefit of a program like Sell Your Writing Online NOW (SYWON) is the tasks: complete the tasks, get the results. You don't need to face the terror of the blank page when someone's showing you the way.
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Are you so caught up in what you should or must write, that all the joy has gone from your writing? It’s time to write something just for yourself.
Every writer meets resistance, every day. You can crush resistance, very simply. Firstly however, you need to recognize it.
If you spend too much time thinking about writing, it’s easy to become confused. Worse yet, doubts may creep in. Discover how to develop your enthusiasm, and make writing fun.
Writers hunt and collect word treasures. It’s a fun pastime.
You’ll stand a much better chance of completing your book if you get organized, and stay organized. It’s much easier than you imagine.
Google’s Panda/ Farmer update affected many sites, and the wounded are still dragging themselves from the battlefield. Millions of new Web pages are created daily, so it’s time to focus on quality.
Are you hoping for a traditional publishing contract, or going the DIY route? Bestselling thriller author Barry Eisler assesses the numbers, and you should too.
If you’re writing a book, you should be aware that the world has changed. It’s time to take publishing into your own capable hands.
Discover the secret all professional writers know: it’s all in the word count.
Are you writing a novel? Script a trailer for it — you’ll kickstart your imagination and will get new ideas.
Write junk. Always.
Because, out of quantity comes quality -- eventually. :-)
Some writers get all huffy when I suggest this. JUNK?! They want to write well -- brilliantly, actually.
Nothing less than sheer brilliance will do.
Guess how much they write?
Yes, they write... nothing, because their words don't match the vision in their head.
You write what you write.
On any given day, your words may sound as if they were typed by a monkey with attention deficit disorder.
On other days, your words may not make sense at all.
Again: you write what you write, on any given day.
It's ALWAYS fine, and here's why: you wrote. Now you have a beginning. You have words which you can massage.
The "I want to write brilliantly" crowd never write anything. These writers think they have "no talent" when the truth is that they simply have high expectations for their early drafts.
No one's ever told them that professional writers' words are like the tip of an iceberg. There's a lot of junk underneath the good stuff on top.
So, write. Count your words. My daily must-write word count has been 1000 words for at least 20 years.
I relax, because I know that all I need to do is produce the words. I know there's more where those words came from, and I'm not particularly attached to any of them.
Drop your expectations, and count your words. Your daily word count counts.
Want an easy writing process? Here you go: the Easy-Write Process.
If you're writing a book, the world of publishing has changed. Less than a year ago, I thought that anyone writing a novel needed to go the traditional publishing route. Write the book, get an agent, pray the agent manages to flog it to a publisher...
That's changed. These days, if you study the numbers, it may make much more sense to publish your novel yourself.
Here's a must-read, "Ebooks and Self-Publishing - A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath". It will give you lots to think about:
But I realized from that one innocent comment from my daughter that the new generation was looking at self-publishing differently. And that the question--“Should I self-publish?”--was going to be asked by more and more authors going forward. And that, over time, more and more of them were going to be answering the question, “Yes.”
Writers love words. Words are our tools: they're also our treasure.
Do you get excited when you discover a new word? I do.
I write words which are new to me on my hand until I copy them into a notebook; this habit has earned me some puzzled looks over the years, but it ensures that I remember the word. :-)
A writer's primary pastime should be reading, and collecting word treasures.
I have several dictionaries in my library, but the dictionary I use most is WordBook. If you don't want to splash out for an electronic dictionary, the Mac's own dictionary is very useable.
On the PC, I've used WordWeb -- there's a free version.
My favorite new word is "sibylline"; it sounds wonderful, doesn't it? :-)