Do you want to succeed in your freelance writing career? If you do, you need to take back control of your writing, and act, rather than react.
You'll need to avoid what I call the “Sleeping Beauty” trap. Writers who are Sleeping Beauties spend a lot of time waiting.
For example, perhaps someone has asked you for a quote on a writing job. You send the quote, and wait for a response. Two weeks later, you're still waiting.
Worse, instead of going about your business and writing, you ask all your friends and other writers why you haven't heard from the prospect after you sent the quote. You wonder whether the prospect thinks you're "good enough" to handle the writing job.
You're also caught in the Sleeping Beauty trap if you send out an invoice to a client and then spend the money before you have it in the bank.
Some clients are slow payers, and you need to nudge them along. If you're caught in the Sleeping Beauty trap, instead of sending an invoice, and a reminder a week later, and another reminder a week after that, you wait... and wait.
Grab the Reins: Take Back Control of Your Career
As a freelance writer, you define your own career. You decide for whom you'll work, and how much you'll charge.
The hardest thing to accept as a freelance writer is the need to act, consistently, without waiting to see the results of your actions.
When you work for someone else, and get a paycheck, they tell you what to do. As a freelancer, there's no one to give you orders. You need to be proactive: you decide what you'll do, and then you do it.
Are you wondering where the you're caught in the Sleeping Beauty trap? You're caught in the trap if you look for others to give you permission to do what you want to, if you're afraid to ask for what you want, and if you allow others to define you.
Here's how to take back control:
* Set goals;
* Work on your goals every day;
* Trust yourself.
Stop being a Sleeping Beauty writer. Take control of your writing career. Only then will you become the writer you were meant to be.
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