If I could wave a magic want I’d give each and every one of you the confidence to write and submit and market yourselves and your writing right now I would.
I’ve written about this before – links at the bottom of this article – yet my email continues to reflect fear or lack of confidence when it comes to actually taking the steps to get published or hired.
Here are 8 reasons to quit dilly-dallying around and get to writing and marketing your writing – right now!
None of us were born knowing how to write and market. It’s true of me, of your favorite writer and the writer who is making the most money. Writing is a skill we’ve learned. If we’ve learned not the rules, but the way words communicate from page and screed, or have even started to learn that we’ve learned enough to get started. My hunch is that most of you reading this write well enough right now to earn some money at it.
You’re not getting any younger. It should be obvious, but if you keep putting writing and marketing your writing off it may become a real regret – something you could have done, that you wish you’d done, but didn’t. You don’t need to do that to yourself.
You have something to say. I’m betting you have something to say that people want and need to hear. And/or I’ll bet you have a way with words that would work for a client. Why not find out?
It’s hard to get worse at something your practice. If you write and submit and market consistently you’ll get better at it – that’s just the way it is. Of course, if you do nothing, you won’t improve and you may lose whatever talent you’ve got so far.
Rejection hurts but it’s far from fatal. Rejection isn’t fun, no one would argue that, but it won’t kill you, I promise. Rejection of your writing from magazines and other publishers also happens in private which can make it easier to take. Being told ‘no’ by a potential client isn’t fun either, but it isn’t fatal either. Although it’s a bit less private, it’s unlikely anyone else will know unless you tell them. Neither hurts you physically, just psychically which you can get over.
Feeling foolish isn’t fatal either. So, what? You’re afraid if you get rejected by a magazine you’ll feel foolish for even trying? As Byron Katie might ask, “is that true?” Okay, maybe you will feel foolish… believe me it’s not that big a deal and you might feel foolish for not trying.
Editors need writers. Editors all over the world need writers – how would they be able to edit if it weren’t for writers? Sound silly? It’s not. Sure you’ve got to do some work finding the editors who want your kind of writing, but if you’ve got any writing competence at all, they are out there.
Businesses need writers. Chances are, if you read something from any five businesses you’ll know that you could do a better job for at least one of them. You’re probably right! Give ’em a call and ask to talk with the person who hires freelancers. Call five or even ten, or send them a letter or an email. You’re likely to get at least one possible client from your efforts.
Here are the articles I mentioned that may help:
- 6 Ways You Can Accept Responsibility For Your Own Self-Worth As A Writer
- Writers, Money, Pricing And Self-Worth
- Fear of Money and Success
Now, what steps will you now take to submit and/or promote your writing?