The sun blessed us with her presence most of January, a stark contrast to the driving rains of Fall. She often beckoned to me, but I (mostly) stayed present with the “work”.
I introduced Illuminations from the Heart, my weekly subscription letter and opened a page on my Writing Services. I humorously – or seriously – thought to call it “I write for $”. Is that too outrageous?
All before Mars – the planet of action – went retrograde on January 23rd, where she will relax until April springs forth.
Make Money Writing
Rains Dixon has been successfully making money as a writer for years. During the dark ages (pre-internet) she wrote for traditional magazines and print publications. These days she mixes it all up writing a variety of content including articles, books, and ghostwriting alongside coaching and teaching. Charlotte’s passionate dynamism and caring heart infuse her teaching style.
I’m mid-way in the 5-session course, which covers:
- Freelance Writing
- Teaching and Coaching
- Putting it All Together
Rains Dixon has a talent for drawing out the key points on each topic and generously shares her own hard-learned tricks of the trade. It’s been intriguing and informative to learn how this traditional writer makes her keep writing online. Living proof it can be done.
At the other end of the spectrum, I read the inaugural edition of The Micropublisher, also intended to teach you how to make a living with words. But the slant is on publishing your own material; not freelancing for others.
Creator Thom Chambers says,
“It might sound crazy, but being your own publishing house might just be the best way to make a living with words.”
73-pages, cover-to-cover, The Micropublisher has a trendy, youthful feel. At the same time, it’s packed with invaluable guidance. Chambers emphasizes producing remarkable content as a way to stand out in a quality-diluted crowd.
Many of the articles, like these, prompted deeper thinking:
- How to be your own publishing house
- How to become a professional writer
- 18 Ways to publish your words
- How much are your words worth?
Style, elegance, intelligence, well chosen words. These are the distinctive qualities that light up The Micropublisher.
The War of Art: Overcoming Resistance
Everyone – and I mean everyone – quotes Pressfield on ‘turning up and doing the work everyday’. This, he says, is what it means to be a professional – among a litany of other crucial attitudes and attributes.
It seems like every blog I’ve read takes Pressfield’s words literally: 7 days a week. Does Pressfield really mean that writers and other creatives don’t get holidays or days off? Maybe he does. Or maybe this is our overdrive culture in full bloom.
In my eyes, this book is first and foremost a book about “resistance” – in all its guises. How to recognize it and vanquish it once and for all. That’s what captivated me.
Pressfield examines “resistance” with a fine-tooth comb because you need to know the “enemy.” Any creative calling, he proposes, is all about overcoming resistance, which he describes as “the most toxic force on the planet.”
As you might guess, resistance is equally friendly when it comes to entrepreneurial ventures, a new diet or health regimen, regular steps toward spiritual advancement, acquiring an education, and other elements of life that reject immediate gratification over long-term evolution and personal integrity.
So I believe this book and this message has a broad appeal.
And, it’s not all about hard work and the battlefield. There’s space for inspiration and the muse too.
You can read Pressfield writing on writing and all his stories from the field every Wednesday at Steven Pressfield Online.
I’ve worked as a freelance writer in the past, so it’s not entirely foreign territory. At the same time, it was beneficial to revisit the landscape with these creative and provocative friends. To discover new options and uncharted territory. To explore all that’s new and all that’s fundamentally as old as time.
It’s made me rethink – as I restart this journey – what exactly is it that I wish to do?
How was your January? Did you launch any new projects? What floated your boat?
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