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Freelance Writing and the Art of Persistence

persistenceWhat kind of persistence do you use in your writing business? Didn’t realize there’s more than one type? Neither did I, not exactly. When I Googled up the definition and got this:

noun
  1. firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
    “companies must have patience and persistence, but the rewards are there”

I’m not sure I like the choices, which seem to be being firm, obstinate and/or patient. I think the key is actually in the word, continuance.


When we continue to work on our writing or our novel, or our blog or our poetry, when we continue learning the business side of our freelance writing business, we’re being persistent.

Getting words written

If you have any hope of being a successful writer, whatever that means to you, you’ve got to write! Sounds obvious I know but the number of people who say they want to write vastly outnumbers those who actually sit down and write. Wanting to write, or wanting to have written is easier than actually writing. Writing is surprisingly hard work. If you’re like me you will find it difficult, annoying and ultimately satisfying, making it all worthwhile.

Persistence and discipline – they’re related but different

We writers often hear we must be disciplined about our writing and our writing career. In fact I’ve said it here more than once. In my world, to be disciplined about my writing is to actually write, and write often.

Of course, writing and rewriting and editing isn’t all we writers do. If we want readers we somehow have to get our work in front of them, or at least find a way to let them know where it exists. Like the writing, this finding readers has to be done over and over again too.

The act of finding readers is harder to quantify than the act of writing. I can write, for example, every day, or X number of words or pages a day. It’s pretty easy to keep track of.

Finding readers feels different and something I must be consciously persistent at doing.

I’ve been thinking about persistence recently because of our darn writer’s forum. There have been a whole series of technical difficulties over the last several months. I’ve been tempted I don’t know how many times to give up. But I like the forum. I’d like to see it grow, and so I persist. In fact I’ve become quite obstinate about it.

That’s just one example. I’m sure you have many of your own.

How do you persist? And how is persistence different than discipline for you, if it is?

Write well and often,

Anne Wayman, freelance writer



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