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Freelance Writers Need To Treasure Themselves And Their Writing

treasure yourselfI’ve been told there’s a Buddhist saying – Treasure yourself. 

What a lovely thought!

Do you treasure yourself?

Do you treasure your writing and your writing skill?

Think about it. You’ve probably got at least some writing skill or it wouldn’t have even occurred to you to become a freelance writer. Do you realize how few people have any facility at all with writing?

I know I was surprised when I realized that somehow, even in the beginning of my career, I was a better writer than many of the people I worked with in a real estate office. That’s how I ended up doing all the marketing writing – for free! I was a long way from learning to treasure myself and my writing skill, although I was beginning to understand I had a real skill.

It wasn’t too long after that realization that I left real estate and stumbled into a poorly paid but exciting magazine editing opportunity. With the publication of the first issue, I was hooked!

I fell in love with the whole process of getting words onto paper and helping others with some ability to do the same thing.

It was during that magazine gig that I had the opportunity work with a then famous writer. She agreed to do an article for me for free. Yes, there are times when it works for a writer to write for free.

When it came in I was horrified. Here was a writer with a well-known name, several books published by trade publisher and who knows how many magazine articles and the article she gave me didn’t hang together, had grammar errors and was, by any description, a mess. I didn’t dare ask her to rewrite (I probably would today); I wanted her name on the cover of the magazine so ever so gently at first and then with firmness I made major edits. I didn’t show it to her prior to publication and wondered if I was in trouble.

Once again I was astounded when she came to my office and told me she’d never had such a loving editing job done for her. As you can imagine, my confidence increased.

I began to query magazines and other publishers and get accepted. Gradually I realized that somehow I had been given a talent and it was my job to steward it well. Over time I truly learned to treasure both myself and, most importantly, my writing.

It turns out learning to treasure ourselves and our skills is a learnable skill. Who knew!

Your turn: How are you learning to treasure yourself and your writing? How can you let go of whatever might be getting in your way? Let’s talk about it in comments.


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  • I am putting a boundary on the time that I give my client. If they need me to work nights and weekends, then I need to be compensated better for the time when I should be resting and being with my loved ones.

    • Good for you… double and triple fees will sort them out!

  • Layla

    You have no idea how much I needed to hear this. It’s so easy for me to lament over the things I don’t know how to do, and to forget about the ones I do well.

    So, thanks.

    • You bet, Layla… it’s a lesson worth learning… I have had to learn it over and over again!

  • Hi Anne,

    I’ve learned to treasure myself by building my confidence from the inside out. I say and believe the following affirmations:

    I am a writer.
    I am an amazing writer.
    I am a published author.
    I am a great screenwriter.
    I am a well-paid author/writer.
    I love writing!
    I love to write.
    I love learning all there is about writing.
    I enjoy marketing and selling my writing.

    I also have an Encouragement File where I collect and keep testimonials and emails from people. Whenever I’m feeling blue, I take out my encouragement file and read the kinds words people have written to me throughout my writing career since 2008. It solidifies that I am a great writer.

    Also, people who are new to freelancing will ask me questions about how I got started, how to use WordPress, etc. I happily answer them and share what I’ve learned along the way.

    I recommend using an Encouragement File. It’s a great tool for building your self-esteem and self-confidence. Of course, you must BELIEVE in you, too.
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    • Amandah, your list of affirmations reads like a poem! I love the idea of an encouragement file. Thanks for sharing that.

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