Thanks to everyone who has bought, read or recommended my Kindle book 52 Tips For Freelance Writers. The tips in the book are quite detailed, but today I challenged myself to come up with 52 more tips for writers, that can all be expressed in a sentence or two (or sometimes a single word). Enjoy.
Get up early.
Make writing a priority.
Set SMART goals for your writing career.
Always be creating.
Brainstorm new ideas often.
Treat every client like they have thousands of dollarsâ worth of work to give you. Maybe they do.
Charge what youâre worth.
Remember youâre worth more as you gain more experience.
Take care of yourself.
Eat healthy. Exercise regularly.
Make time for the three Fs: Friends, family and fun.
Invest in ergonomic furniture.
Practise the 20/20/20 rule.
Install Eye Defender or Work Rave to help you stick to it.
Ask for feedback.
Ask your clients for testimonials.
Keep it simple.
Work smarter, not harder.
Automate what you can.
Outsource what you hate.
Do more of what you love.
Treat your website like your home. Tidy it often and donât keep anything that isnât useful or beautiful.
If you want to write a book, start today.
Read books by authors you admire.
Review other authorsâ books. It will help them out and make you analyse what youâve read.
Give away what you want to receive: help, advice, tweets, content.
Do or do not. There is no try. (OK I borrowed that one from Yoda).
Say thank you. For feedback, compliments, reviews, testimonials and good advice freely given.
Schedule each day, week, month and writing project.
Know what your top five priorities are (in your life and your writing career).
Find a mentor.
Be a mentor.
Improve your writing every day.
Learn something new every day.
Live life to the full. Write about it.
Market yourself and your work with class and integrity.
Do work youâre proud of.
Be nice to your readers.
Build a useful skill set.
Know your strengths.
Work on your weaknesses.
Ignore bad reviews, unconstructive criticism and internet trolls.
Find a writer you admire with a strong online presence. Watch and learn.
Write about what you love.
But also write about what scares you, what makes you angry and what makes you sad.
Write about the change you want to see in the world (OK, I paraphrased Ghandi).
Celebrate your successes. Then get back to work.
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