Fears, procrastination, writer’s block, imposter syndrome.
These are just a handful of things that often brought me down as a writer.
Stories and articles I longed to write remained unwritten because I was continuously paralyzed by the thought of not being good enough or the fear of being judged by others.
Until I decided to change the way I view writing.
I developed strategies and systems that enabled me to get a grip of my writing life.
I created a solid writing plan, journaled every day, and designed my own writing calendar. Through these strategies, I was able to write an e-book and have a book published.
Writing is a journey, there are still bad writing days and roadblocks but I’ve come a long way. I’m now more confident with what I write and publish.
I want the same for you.
I want to share with you everything I learned so you can conquer every writing struggle that comes your way so you, too can be confident in your writing. This way, you’ll be able to achieve your writing goals. How cool is that?
You can do it. One writing day at a time.
After I had my first client who paid me $5, I enrolled in different online classes to get better at blogging. Not long after that, someone gave a critique to my site essentially telling me I’m not a good writer.
These didn’t stop me. I studied and practiced even harder. I started pitching for major blogs so that I can have a sample portfolio to show to my prospect clients. I was hesitant at first, but I knew I will regret it if I didn’t even try.
So, I started pitching blogs and to my surprise, they accepted my ideas and allowed me to write for their blogs! I gathered writing samples enough to boost my confidence and slowly I received offers from clients. I’ve written articles about natural health, lifestyle, personal development, personal finance and online marketing.
It’s been a roller coaster ride. I’ve had clients who was always late in sending their payments, or ones that assign work that was beyond my work scope. With learned from these experiences and my mistakes helped me become not only to be a good writer but also as an entrepreneur.
I’ve learned how to use contracts, how to find clients that pay well (usually the clients that pay peanuts are the most demanding clients while the ones who pay are the ones who respect you more.)
Now I don’t actively find clients but occasionally get recommendations from friends.
I think that was eight or so years ago. I’ve always liked writing since high school, but I got into blogging when I wanted to share my ideas to friends. I blogged about my interests – makeup, personal development, and everything I can think of. I didn’t know much about the rules of blogging then. All I knew was that, I enjoyed writing about the random topics that piqued my interest.
She also meet struggles when she started to make a blog
When I decided to try freelance blogging. I thought, I’m already enjoying this, so why not get paid to do it? So, I went to Odesk (now Upwork), created my profile and landed a writing gig that paid me $5 for a 500-word article. When I submitted my work to the client, he said, “What you wrote here doesn’t make any sense!”
I can’t blame him. I didn’t know much about the topic he assigned to me and didn’t know how to research. I’ve only been blogging about my personal interests and had never blogged for business owners.
But that didn’t stop me from wanting to earn money from blogging. Instead, I did my best to become a better blogger.
I enrolled in online classes about blogging, studied online marketing, and after a few months, I finally landed writing gigs that paid me at least $50 for a 500-word article.
Someone criticized my blog years ago. This was a time when I was still starting to learn about online marketing. So, I didn’t know yet then how to craft a good tagline nor to create an impressive online branding.
This person gave feedback on my website but the way she critiqued my site was less than tactful. “You’re not a good writer,” is what rung in my head as I listened to her critique.
ce then I learned to toughen up. When you start writing online, you will get negative comments from readers or clients. It will hurt. We’re humans after all. But don’t let it stop you from doing great things.
she also said that “I wish I can say that I’m the master of my own time. But having a baby while working from home as an online freelancer is tough.
I take advantage of my baby’s nap times to get to work and work fast! I also try to avoid Facebook (which can be addicting) during work hours so that I can get more work done.:”