10,000 words in one day

I just heard about a challenge coming up this week for writers. The challenge is to write 10,000 words in one day. This is a single day out of every month to sit down and just write all day, and this month it is on the 16th. Milli Thorton, author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers presented this challenge on her blog. You can read the rules of the challenge here.

She explains, “The purpose of a 10K Day is to try to write 10,000 words. The spirit of a 10K Day is to liberate myself and celebrate my creativity.”

It sounds like a lot of fun, and I would like to encourage everyone to participate. I am going to try to do this as well, schedule permitting. This is something that I would definitely do every month. I am really excited for the challenge and I hope that you are, too.

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Freelance Writing for the Long-Term

Where are you in your writing career? Is freelance writing just a hobby or a part-time gig for you, or are you doing it on a full-time basis? Knowing where you are in your writing career is the first step to moving forward. What will you be doing in ten years? Your freelance writing career should evolve over time, and it is a good idea to have a long-term plan. Setting goals for the future can help you manage your time now and influence your decisions about what projects to take and what to reject.

It is almost impossible to know for sure where we will end up in five, ten, or twenty years from now, but there is nothing wrong with hoping to be in a certain place. Do you want to remain solo and independent as a freelance writer? Would you like to manage a writing team one day? How about running your own magazine or publishing company? Some experienced freelance writers coach beginning writers and mentor budding freelancers. What do you want to be doing in ten years?

Once you develop a set of long term goals, access what you are doing now and determine whether or not you are set on the path to the appropriate destination. Make sure that each project you take will bring you one step closer to you ultimate goal. Working towards your future with several milestones to celebrate along the way will become an effective motivator for you as a freelance writer.

Rather than writing aimlessly and just struggling to survive in your writing career, focus on the bigger picture. Be ambitious and set your sights high. In a few years, you will be able to look back and be proud of how far you have come. Stay in the game for the long-term, and enjoy the journey of a rewarding freelance writing career.

Freelance writing is more than a hobby

To kick off this blog, I would like to shed some light on misconceptions about what I do for a living. Freelance Writing is a career that many people don’t understand. Individuals who are looking into a freelance writing career might have some of these ideas, and it will really help them (you if you are one of them) to understand the truth that follows.

Myth: Freelance writing is only a hobby.

Truth: While freelance writing can be a hobby for some people, it is much more than that. It is possible to have a full-time career (as I do) as a freelance writer. It is a lucrative business that should be respected as

such. A freelance writer like me would be considered a self-employed individual. I have to handle accounting and marketing as well as writing. I am running a business!

If writing is just a hobby for you, that’s perfectly fine. Writing can be a great outlet, and if you do writing on the side for money, that’s even better. Freelance writing can create a decent living if you do it right, and you don’t have to work for pennies, either.

If you are hoping that you can quit your day job and be successful at writing, there is a way. Not everyone is meant for the freelance life, however. I hope that my posts help you make the right decision about it. There are some who have made hundreds of thousands of dollars freelance writing, and many more who earn enough to quit their day job. Others fail for a plethora of reasons.

You can be assured today of one thing: freelance writing is a profitable career for the right person. If you are a self-disciplined and creative entrepreneur, it is very possible that you can make it in the freelance business. Freelance writing can be more than a hobby if you want it to be.

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