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Persistence – A Freelance Writer’s Best Friend

Freelance Writing PersistenceAs I continue to work to get the class, Getting Your Book Written With Vision and Spirit, ready to launch I’ve become somewhat impressed with my own persistence. My interest, of course, is in the content of the class. I understand what I want to teach/talk about and I want to make sure it’s truly helpful. That’s where my writer’s creative energy has gone.

That was the fun part. I’ve even learned not to mind watching myself on the videos – a stretch in the beginning.

But there’s also technology behind offering the class. I’m now sure if I’d known what I was getting into I probably wouldn’t have done it.

There’s the site for the class which is set up as a WordPress blog. I’m using a nifty plug-in called WishlistMember to create and manage the actual classes. (Yeah, that’s an affiliate link.) All that has to be integrated with ClickBank and my auto responder.

It’s turned into quite a challenge and I’m not finished yet.

The only way I’ve known to do it is to keep plugging away. As some of you know, I’ve had friends test various parts, and there will be more testing. I’ve had, so far, several fairly long sessions with customer service reps – no one’s favorite activity.

I know it will get done and I’ll be able to offer the class.


This morning I realized that the sort of persistence I’m showing with creating the class is the same tenacity I’ve always shown around my writing career.

Once I started submitting completed articles on spec I’ve kept writing one way or another. I’ve proudly displayed rejection slips on my walls and took sometimes devastatingly small checks to the bank.

Sometimes I took throwaway jobs like telephone sales to support my writing. Other times I was fortunate enough to be hired to edit a magazine or a newspaper. I got hired inside the computer industry to document software and hardware as it was being developed. I wrote such interesting things as printer manuals or how to use Perfect software on the old Kaypros.

Gradually as both my writing skills and marketing my writing skills improved I became able to support myself with my writing, and quite nicely too.

Most successful writers don’t start out successful. They start out as new writers who are dependent on magazines and blogs like this one to figure out how the game is played. A few become super successful. Many give up, and the rest of us plod along finding our way, making our contribution and finally making a living doing something they want. Or, as it sometimes feels like to me, something I need to do.

I’m a heck of a good worker and a truly terrible employee.

Somehow I doubt I’m the only one like that. How have you been persistent?

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  • Thanks, Elizabeth–hang in there & go for it! I have never regretted it!
    .-= Cathy Miller´s last blog ..Making Lemonade Out of Technology Failure =-.

  • I was at the recent Pennwriters conference and several speakers, including the two keynotes, spoke of the value of persistence in getting published. Thanks for another reminder. This is a topic we need to hear again and again.

    • Anne

      I love it when I’m in such illustrious company 😉

  • Our little foray into technology gaffes inspired both of us. 🙂 I just released a post this morning about the trials & tribulations.

    I guess my best example of my persistence is that I am still freelancing. I walked away from a 6-figure corporate job of 30+ years of industry experience. I am hardly at 6-figures in freelancing, but I don’t care. I am doing something I’ve always wanted to do. I am persistent about it.

    About 8 months into it, I attended an IABC conference where one of the panel members was a freelancer. He made a statement that worse case scenario, he could always return to his corporate job. That really resonated with me. It was at that point I knew that I would not do that. I would do everything I could to make my freelance business a success.

    It hasn’t been easy, but it has been so worth it. Passion will do that for you. That, and the need to eat. 😀
    .-= Cathy Miller´s last blog ..Making Lemonade Out of Technology Failure =-.

    • Ha ha, I checked out your post and that was great. I need to bookmark your blog!

      I know how you felt listening to that guy. I hate working in offices, I’m not corporate material, I don’t want to be a phone-answering monkey worker for the rest of my life, and why did I go to college anyway? I’ll never pay back all that money doing this junk anyway. That will keep me going: the possibility that I can leave this 8-5 slog behind and do something I actually enjoy doing, writing books. I’m getting older and it’s time to stop mucking about and really make a go of it.

      I may not succeed, but I know I won’t if I don’t try. The plethora of practical advice that’s out there makes me think I actually can, because if no one ever made it, why would anyone even try to encourage new writers? We can’t all be bestsellers, but a good solid fan base and a decent living would make me very happy.
      .-= Elizabeth West´s last blog ..“Tell me about yourself” =-.

      • Anne

        Keep at it… and remember, you are the definer of your own success… ah, another blog post coming on… I can feel it. Thanks!

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