If you want to make a living as a writer, there’s one thing you must do – take action.
Take any action that will lead to generating an income from writing.
Stop stalling and do something. Now. Today.
Believe me, I know how easy it is to procrastinate:
- To plan plan plan so no detail is overlooked
- To read yet another well-intentioned best-selling book on how to be a successful entrepreneur
- To organize the office, the desk, and the file cabinets
- To work toward the moment when you can finally say ‘I’m ready’
It’s incredibly easy to do anything, but take action building the business.
It could be fear of failure or fear of hard work. Who knows.
It’s absolutely possible to generate money from writing. But you have to work toward it consistently.
Do you want to write for magazines? Then submit queries consistently.
Do you want to write for newspapers? Then pitch ideas to editors on a regular basis.
Do you want to write for businesses? Submit proposals on a regular basis.
- Make phone calls.
- Send LOIs (letters of intent).
- Network with people you want to work with or for, or can help you make those connections.
Just so you know, rejection comes to everyone. Use the rejections to improve the next query, the next pitch, the next proposal, the next phone call, the next letter, the next interaction.
Know that every step you take toward building an income stream gets you closer to your goal.
Take a moment to evaluate your actions.
Are you in constant motion toward building a writing business?
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She consistently reaches out to new potential clients for projects of all sizes. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn.