In the past few weeks, we have been discussing how to start your writing career, how to maintain your passion and how to deal with clients. Today let us move forward in how to keep your writing skills honed and relevant to the needs for today.
I am writing with the idea that you have now created your own blog, or have established your business, and are waiting for your future clients to pop their heads into your virtual online office, blog site or to answer your advertisement. While you are twiddling your thumbs, which is most likely what you are doing, you can be pro-active in acquiring more experience, and in developing your skills.
Use Your Downtime as Writing Time
As an established freelance writer, I rarely have down time, but when I do, I get to work. I pull out an old manuscript I have been writing on for a few years. Really! I practice every day in my writing and I continue to let my mind create and expand my perimeters. How else will I become a better writer, a better communicator and a better leader that will take the reins of my business and not be dragged through the proverbial doldrums of waiting on the next loaf of bread?
Research Increases Base Knowledge and Opens Up Writing Opportunities
If I realize that I am not in the mood to write, I do some form of random research on a subject that I have never studied before. Acquiring diverse knowledge is another great way to grow your business and to be a great benefit to someone who is seeking a writer with that particular niche. I look for things I have always wanted to know, but never had the time to learn. I practice writing in that style until I have perfected it. Creating a sample, I then add it to my portfolio, or submit to a potential customer who has that particular need.
Pass On Projects That Don’t Fit Your Writing Expertise
Freelance writers are definitely a breed all to their own. We can wait, and wait for the right client to come along. I knew someone who wanted to write so badly that she accepted every project ever offered her. This led to exasperation, frustration and unfortunately, failure. That someone was— me. I have learned now to weed out the things I have no interest in and to snatch up the opportunities that match my skills, interests and expertise. Writing is a lot more fun that way. I can now happily say I am constantly busy working at my business and finding a person who needs a prolific writer to help them achieve their lifelong dreams, or to take them to the next level in their business.
Don’t give up. Keep the faith, and work at your writing talent, until you can almost do it while you are asleep. You can hone your skills on a constant basis, no matter how experienced you are. To be a successful writer, one must work at their wordsmithing on a consistent basis.
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