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Seven Rich-tuals of Well-Paid Writers
by Jennifer Brown Banks
Let's face it: though writing professionally isn't a cake walk, it's not exactly rocket science either. Consider too that it offers a great deal of autonomy and other perks.
With this being the case, many in a down economy turn to freelancing as an easy option to earn extra cash and keep up with the rising cost of living.
And publishing has never been easier. With the Internet, blogging, and eBoooks,.the options are endless. But don't be misled. There are writers. And then there are writers! With a basic knowledge of the English language, some marketing savvy, and a little luck, success can be had by those with even marginal ability.
But there's a difference between a lucky writer and a lucrative one. Lucky writers are like fads; they come and go. Lucrative writers have staying power and steady pay!
Here's how you can go from being lucky to being lucrative.
Seven Rich-tuals for Prosperous Writers
- Have a prosperity mindset. There's great truth to the quote, so a man thinketh, so it is. Don't buy into the starving artist mentality. Set goals and aim high! Be encouraged and inspired by success stories like J.K. Rowling, John Grisham, Peter Bowerman and Terry McMillan.
- Recognize that discipline is not a dirty word. Just like winning athletes need to have proper focus and a regular regimen for optimal results, so do serious-minded writers.
- Diversify. Your bottom line will increase considerably by mastering different genres of writing and pursuing both online and print publications. I learned this the hard way when I struggled for years trying to peddle my poetry.
- Learn from the best, yet distinguish yourself from the rest. e.e. Cummings did it with poetry. Shakespeare did it with plays. And Dr. Seuss did it decades ago. You should do it too.
- Network. As they say, sometimes it's not what you know, but who you know. Use the many social media avenues like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and StumbleUpon to leverage your power, expand your platform, and make important connections. You never know where your big break may come from.
- Read! Read! Read! Devour as much reading material as possible. Doing so helps you to identify and understand the needs of an audience, and what works and what doesn't work. Assess and apply accordingly. Hone your craft to increase your cash!
- Stay the course. Writing, much like show biz, has many ups and downs and detours. Rejections can be discouraging, the hours can be grueling, and the pay can sometimes be sporadic. Expect it and endure. Know that overnight success is virtually impossible in this industry. But remember that good things come to those that wait
Now that you know the hows of becoming a well-paid writer, here's an important reason why it should be factored into your creative goals.
Though most folks love writing so much they'd do it for free, being well paid allows the freedom to choose projects and clients that are meaningful and pleasurable. This adds not only to your bottom line, but your quality of life too! And at the end of the day that's what matters most.
© Copyright 2010, Jennifer Brown Banks
Jennifer Brown Banks is the former senior editor of Mahogany Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Business Management and blogs at Penandprosper.blogspot.com
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