Back to school. Back to work.
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t take the summer off. I might not have the same writing output during the summer months, but I’m still around. Anytime I slip away, I schedule posts to publish while I am gone, but places that require real-time presence slip a bit.
My established clients are okay with that, but ultimately will only stay my clients if I come home at some point. Their social media pages need to stay active. If their pages aren’t active, then their presence diminishes. Which means a potential downturn in sales. Less money on hand means cutting costs, first up of which would be me. So yes, I still maintain their presence, even if the effort isn’t quite as thorough.
Now the kids are back in school though, leaving me with more time on my hands. Sure, that means that extracurriculars will be starting up, but that doesn’t fill the daytime hours. And it certainly doesn’t refill coffers spent on lazy days, road trips, and adventure. It’s time I looked at adding more writing to my days. How can I do that? More importantly, how can I do that and get paid?
Tips to Kickstart Writing
- submit queries to journals, magazines, and newspapers
- write poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces to submit to contests
- join a networking group to meet new people/potential clients
- finish editing my book (or yours!) to get it ready for publication
- take another writing class to finish my Creative Writing certificate program (check with your local library, community college, or city to see what writing courses might be out there for you)
- contact old potential clients to see how their social media platforms are holding up
- ask other writers if they have any connections they may be willing to share
- advertise services;
- via blog, Facebook page, on Twitter, LinkedIn, etc
- create a website outlining services
- once other social media links are updated and in place, share links to them on other platforms
Note that YOU can do any of these things as well. This is about motivating me today, but I hope to motivate any other writers out there who might need the kick in the pants that I do. Of course if you are looking for someone to write blog posts, magazine articles, schedule Facebook updates, tweet or any number of other tasks, contact me today! I’m sure we can figure something out. Until then…