30 Days of Writing Tips – Day 11 – Bookending

by Anne Wayman

bookending for freelance writersAnother of my favorite writing tips is bookending.

It’s simple to do:

Call a supportive friend and tell them you’re going to work on X for X amount of time. Or tell them you’re going to write X number of words.

Or tell them you’re going to spend X amount of time straightening up your desk. This technique or trick can work for most anything.

  1. Do the promised writing.
  2. Call back and report that you completed the amount of writing you assigned yourself. If, as  sometimes happens, you don’t do what you said you would do, report that too.

Bookending works particularly well when you’ve got a freelance writing project that is either difficult or that, for one reason or another, you simply don’t want to do.


I think it works because you’re creating some accountability for yourself. Accountability somehow helps with the discipline, the persistence that is so necessary for the successful freelancer.

What tricks do you have to get the writing done?

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Freelance tips May 17, 2011 at 1:16 am

Quite a bit can be said about freelance academic writing jobs, mostly good and some aspects to think over & work around. Working as a freelance academic writer can be a tricky position to be in. The experiences vary with the level of maturity you have accrued as an inscriber.
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Jori May 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Coffeeshop all the way! It’s like an office away from home that I can “rent” for the cost of a cup of tea!

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annew May 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Of couse, I love my office with its view of a canyon…

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Amelia Ramstead May 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm

The coffee shop. It’s my block of solid writing where I am not distracted by the dishes, the laundry, the DVR….
I’ve also joined a meetup of fellow writers in my area for “parallel play.” I’m looking forward to the first meeting.
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annew May 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

The coffee shop seems to work for many… it’s so strange when I go there for coffee and conversation with friends… the silence is amazing.

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