Becoming A Freelance-Writer: 7 Tips for Becoming Emotionally Strong
Being a Writer Requires Emotional Strength
Being a freelance writer is not easy. Aside from the constant struggles that every freelancer faces dealing with finances, there are the emotional burdens and turmoil that many writers don't even talk about. Being a freelance writer can be stressful and emotionally trying. There's the fighting with loneliness, and the having to deal with a lack of social life since you work at home. In addition there's stress for deadlines, for not having enough work, for having too much work, and the common problem of friends and family either thinking your job is extremely easy (which gets grating) or thinking it's silly or a phase. Lack of support can be very difficult for a writer.
Emotions and Writing: Is It Worth It?
Many freelance writers don't think about this before going into the business, but these are just a few of the emotional factors you have to consider before diving in head first. This is particularly true if you want to do more than just write part time, but if you want to make a full time living writing. You also have to be able to wear many hats. Sometimes that might mean you have to bend over backwards for a problem client, and other times you might have to get downright stubborn to get paid. These are hard lessons, but necessary if you want to learn how to become a freelance writer.
But it is a dream worth chasing, if you are willing to work through the costs.
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5 Tips for Freelance Writers
The following are 5 tips that can help prepare you to deal with the emotional toil of being a full time freelance writer.
#1 Grow a thick skin: This is a good piece of advice for life, too, and when it comes to freelance writing it's mandatory. Whether it's friends and family pressing you to get a real job or problem employers who want great writers without treating them like human beings (you'd be surprised how many of them there are) you will need a thick skin to deal with these issues.
#2 You'll be lonely sometimes: No matter how much of a loner you are, working seemingly endless weeks in your apartment or home without going out can lead a freelance writing life to be a very lonely one - so make sure to get community and to get out once in a while for your own good.
#3 Manners matter: Many writers are rude - even to the people writing the checks. There's no excuse for this at all and if you want to succeed as a writer, it's always critical to err on the side of honor, manners, and politeness.
#4 Drop headache clients: Finish the job where it becomes obvious they're going to be a headache client - you don't want to hurt your own reputation, but in the long run you need to recognize that headache clients are never worth the time, stress, or effort.
#5 Believe in yourself: Always learn from your mistakes and strive to become better and better at what you do, but you must believe in yourself. No one else is going to, so that confidence to succeed must come from yourself.
Following all these tips will help you be mentally and emotionally prepared for all the rigors of a freelance writing career.
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Freelance Writing Tips & Resources
- Freelance Writing for Beginners
A website I put together with the purpose of really giving good solid information that beginning freelance writers could use to get their careers jump started.
- Constant Content
One of my favorite places to write as an online freelance writer.
- Freelance Writing for Constant Content
There are many different places to freelance write online, some of which are good and others which are little better than scams. Finding the honest writing sites is only the first step of the battle. The second step is finding online writing sites th
- Constant Content Review
Constant-Content is a website that specializes in bringing together above average writers with clients who need above average quality writing. This is a website that is open to writers, but holds high...
- Writers Digest
Writer's Digest website.
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Getting Ahead in the Freelance Writing Business
When it comes to getting ahead in the freelance writing business, it never hurts to find a mentor who has gone there before you. Instead of reading fluff filled e-books or blogs that never give rock solid information on how to practically accomplish something, find a blog from someone who has actually been there or even a mentor who will help guide you along. This is what I've striven to provide with my old writing blog and why I'm hoping to even take it to the next level at my new writing blog which you can find RIGHT HERE.
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