It’s inevitable that there will be ups and downs during your freelance writing career. The trick is to enjoy the ups and weather the downs. In fact, enjoy the downs, too, because those are the times that give you the real emotions to write about.
Writing is a lonely business. Essentially you have to go into a zone of your own, delve deeply into your own mind, and pull out words that will not only convey a thought but capture an emotion. Be sure that you have ways to reach out to others also. Too much isolation can be difficult.
On a practical level, here are some ways to survive the lows and how to make the most of the highs of freelance writing:
1. Accept rejection. Rejection is a natural part of writing. Writers who accept rejection as part of writing have an easier time of it. Even the greats had to submit their books or articles multiple times before they were accepted. And many turned to self-publishing to get their writing out there. The sooner that you accept rejection as a big part of freelance writing, the sooner you’ll free yourself to move forward in a productive manner.
2. Sock away 6 months of work or six months of income before you go out on your own. If the quantity of your writing is what keeps you afloat financially, you will want to ensure that you can make enough money through your writing to support yourself before you go out on your own. Many writers continue to work part time at another job that pays the bills while they are building their writing careers. Being able to keep up financially will go a long way to ensuring that the lows are not so low.
3. Be sure to have a website and to take advantage of all the marketing techniques available today. Bring attention to your writing by putting up a blog and participating in the many social media opportunities out there today.
4. Keep your name before those who might use your services as a writer. One way to do this is by writing a newsletter and sending it out on a regular basis. Another way is by writing articles for local and regional magazines. This creates a background of good writing to show others.
The most important advice is that since you are a writer, be sure your writing is perfect every time you put it out for others to read. Take the time to proofread everything you publish and evaluate your writing to ensure it conveys the quality you want to be known for. By taking care with your writing, you’ll earn a reputation for reliability as well as creativity.