5 Life Lessons Learned From Writing

1. Money influence people. When I first started freelance writing, there had been many times when I did not have any work to do = no income = no money to spend (because I was just new in the industry).

So when something happened unexpectedly – maybe something between life and death – I would be panic because I did not have enough money / perhaps no money at all.

That was when I would “almost do anything” for the sake of getting money. Low paying jobs were the only choices I had at that time. Now, my freelance writing business is getting better and I make sure I have some savings.

2. New Year Resolution is a waste of time. This is why I do not make any resolutions.

I always failed at following my own resolutions.

3. Just because someone rejected your work, that doesn’t mean you are a bad freelance writer. You have to keep trying unless you get a “Yes”. Don’t take “No” for an answer. Remember: everyone else can say “no” to you but you can never say “no” to yourself.

4. It is important to believe in yourself. You can achieve your dreams when you believe in yourself. I believe myself, therefore I manage to be a freelance writer (my ambition when I was a teenager). My husband didn’t believe me in the first place, which made everything else much more difficult but after some time, he showed his support because I believe in me.

5. It is best to have a notebook (a real notebook that you can write on using a pen or pencil) all the time. You never know when your next “great” ideas might visit you. When the idea is visiting you, it is best to be prepared. Once you have written your ideas, you can develop it.

Enjoy!

 

30 Ways To Love Writing

As the title suggests, let us explore 100 ways to fall in love with writing. Some of these might not even make sense but who cares? Might as well give it a try.

I work so hard to put this together. However, I do not guarantee that you will 100% fall in love with writing by trying any one of these recommendations.

Read at your own discretion.

  1. Write a sentence a day about yourself.
  2. Learn a new word and make a sentence out of the word every day.
  3. Write a journal of your life – diary (online diary or a book diary).
  4. Write a short story from your imagination.
  5. Read something fiction and write a fan-fiction about it.
  6. Write your own autobiography.
  7. Write about someone you love (family, friends, boyfriend, girlfriend)
  8. Write about your pet (cat, dog, anything else related)
  9. Read about authors.
  10. Visit bookshops and get something that you like.
  11. Get a book about writing your own novel.
  12. Get a magazine to inspire you to write for that magazine.
  13. Knowing the fact that you can earn money through writing.
  14. Join Triond.
  15. Join Bukisa.
  16. Join Squidoo.
  17. Join Hubpages.
  18. Explore Writing.com if you are interested in fiction.
  19. Learn about style guide.
  20. Listen to a podcast on writing – Grammar Girl.
  21. Listen to an audio book that you like.
  22. Get a writing prompt.
  23. Get a notebook and a reliable pen.
  24. Bring your notebook and pen everywhere.
  25. Be sure to write new ideas when they pop in your head.
  26. Search for [ “writing” “tips” ] on Google for more ideas.
  27. Start a blog and blog about your interests.
  28. Submit a guest blog post to any blogs that accept guest blogging.
  29. Join NaNoWriMo if you want to write a novel.
  30. Read Writing Consultation – this blog!

NaNoWriMo 2010

It is already September 2010. In 2 months, NaNoWriMo will hit the world once again. Are you ready for the challenge to write at least 50k words (for a novel)?

I have written about NaNoWriMo a long time ago.

Let me refresh you on what you should do if you want to be part of the NaNoWriMo movement.

1. Register on NaNoWriMo.

2. Check your email.

3. Log in to your account.

4. Read everything on the website – advices, stories and everything else related

5. Start writing on 1st of November.

6. You can write with other participants / write on your own throughout November.

7. Keep on writing until you reach 50k or more.

8. Upload your work on 30th November for official verification.

9. There is no win / lose. There is only satisfaction!

10. Congratulate yourself whether you reach the target or not.

NaNoWriMo is an excellent platform to keep yourself in tune with your writing (especially if you want to write a novel). Get focused on reaching the target and remember to start from scratch. No cheating, ok?

Prepare now, physically and mentally for the challenge.

Everyone (the participants) is a winner on NaNoWriMo.

Triond: Revisit

It has been a long time since I checked my Triond account.

In fact, I think I have almost given up on Triond.

Triond is my first platform to earn passive income, followed by Bukisa.

After long hours of working on different projects, I decided to take a peek at my account and there was a surprise waiting for me.

I have been given 2 badges – something like a recognition. I felt so good seeing these badges, knowing that Triond has improved (moving forward).

Finally, something to motivate me!

The best part of all, I have $1.14 pending, to be paid on 10th September 2010. It is not much, but something I gain from practically doing nothing for Triond in the past six months.

It is time to be active on Triond once again.

Do you want to join Triond?

Why Writing Can Be Boring

I am a freelance writer and I write every day.

It can be an article, a blog post or maybe a report but all I do is write.

The problem is writing can be boring (very boring) sometimes.

Why writing can be boring?

  1. It is boring when you have to do it on daily basis
  2. It is boring when you are running out of ideas
  3. It is boring when you have certain rules to follow when writing
  4. It is boring when you know exactly what to write about and yet the words are not flowing
  5. It is boring when you have to write about something you hate
  6. It is boring when you have to hit the books to find something interesting (or maybe research the internet)
  7. It is boring when no one reads your writing
  8. It is extra boring when you have to work late (sometimes)

Now that you know why writing can be boring, don’t be surprised if I am not updating this blog frequent enough.

I have other responsibilities.

Check out some of my past articles on why writing is boring:

http://www.writingconsultation.com/small-talk-why-writing-is-boring/

http://www.writingconsultation.com/when-writing-is-boring/