Guest post from Dean Burgess from Excitepreneur
Freelance writing is an excellent way to supplement your income, and it can even blossom into a full-time career if you put in the necessary work. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, studying at university, or simply trying to figure out what to do with your career, writing could be an ideal job. And if you constantly seek to sharpen your research and writing skills, you can build a client base to be reckoned with. This quick guide will show you how to get started!
If you’re reading this blog then there is a strong possibility that you are either an author or someone who just simply loves to read, either way, you still enjoy books and as such have a lot to thank the wonderful authors who pour their hearts and knowledge into each page of our chosen paperbacks, eBooks, or hardbacks.
If you get as much joy out of reading as I do, then I’m sure that you would also like to show some appreciation to those great authors who you have read or may even know. Now, when I’m referring to authors here, I am referring to those indie authors who don’t have the massive publishing houses behind them, those authors and writers who have worked hard to get their masterpieces in front of an audience and really appreciate the support of their readers.
There are lots of benefits in writing daily within a journal, along with those well documented for mental health, there are great reasons on how it also helps with increasing your skill as an author. Journaling has been shown to help deal with negative thoughts, stress, anxiety and depression, so it is certainly worth considering taking up this practice for many of us (regardless of our writing aspirations).
But for those who are looking at journaling purely from a writing viewpoint, here are several reasons why you should start writing one today.
For many authors, the thought of developing a meditation practice seems very ‘New Age’ and something that you may not have considered yet, for many it conjures up images of sitting cross legged next to a stream while chanting a mantra, and for this reason you may ask ‘well how will it help me write a book?’
And that is a great question, how will it help with your creativity?
Well, first you need to understand the basic benefits that meditation has been proven to give those who practice it.
Sometimes when you find your motivation lacking, it can be a great boost to listen to the greats, those who stood up to challenges and overcame when the world said they would fail.
So, here are 30 of our favorite quotes (from authors and other notable people), please let us know which is your favorite and if we missed a classic which has helped to motivate you.
As an author it can sometimes feel very lonely, you’ve great ideas for a book, you’ve either finished writing it or are in the process, but where do you look for some advice when you need it?
Well, there are other successful authors who have been where you are, and through their experience, you can gain insight into what you should (and importantly) what you shouldn’t do to be a successful author.
Guest Blog Post By Angela Baker
When you need that motivational, inspirational, or productivity boost, what is your go-to solution? Maybe you want to step up your inspiration game so this is where podcasts step onto the scene. If you haven’t yet embraced the wonderful world of podcasts, now is the time.
There are tons of amazing podcasts that can spark that fire within you. Rather than surrendering to the writer’s block, test out the power of podcasts.
Listening to the tips, stories, and techniques of other writers can give you a different perspective or innovative ideas. So, without further ado, here are some of the best inspirational podcasts that every writer should know about.
Writing a book for most of us is a very solitary task, in those pre-pandemic days you may have wandered off to your local coffee shop and spent a couple of hours diligently increasing the word count of your manuscript, admittedly you are now surrounded by people, but you are still working alone. And the thing about working alone is that motivation (after a while) can stagnate.
And this is the thing, many people start off a new project, goal, or task with the best of intentions only to get three months in and slowly lose the motivation to stick with it, how many gym memberships are used like crazy in Jan/Feb and then by June have been canceled? The same goes with diets, everyone has the best of intentions and then when any roadblock is faced, they quit, regaining any weight lost and going back to unhealthy habits.
How many unfinished manuscripts are stored in long forgotten folders on laptops and PCs? Every single one of them started with the best of intentions and now they lay waiting for their authors to return and complete them?
Becoming a professional author is a dream of many who sit pen in hand (or more likely, fingers poised over their keyboards), you may have a great story to tell and have always longed to get it out to the public, but for whatever reason haven’t made that leap.
So, if not now, when?
There are lots of reasons why people don’t follow through on their dreams, it can be lack of time, fear of failure, lack of resources, lack of confidence (again, fear), too many distractions and lack of motivation. But if this is important to you (and I assume it is), why would you waste time in not moving forward with your goal?
They say that within us all there is a book waiting to escape, but out of the seven billion (and counting) people upon this planet it is just a few who actually achieve publication, now, of course if you were to expect every single person to write a book it would be a crazy notion, many don’t have the inclination and so many are not even in a position to be able to do so. However, if you’re reading this post then you are luckier than many, you have access to the internet and more than likely have the resources to communicate to the wider world.
So, if you are sat in front of a laptop, desktop, tablet or even just a cell phone and want to see the realization of your dream of writing, you have to ask your self one question, what is stopping you?
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