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At our Write Club last week, which is a focused writing group every Thursday morning, we asked everyone what would be useful for them read more about as mainly independent freelancers.Thankfully we have been mainly on the right track so far.
The point of this newsletter is not to tell you how many awards we’ve won, well it would be a short newsletter, or to tell how proud we are of ourselves for this and that.
The newsletter is to share really useful content that we come across that can help you in your quest to be a success in life and work.
Bernie and I read and listen to a huge amount of content on a weekly basis related to freelancing and it’s a real pleasure to share the good stuff with others.
We do value your input and it helps us to keep in track in looking out for stuff that helps you, so please keep letting us know what you’re working on and what resources would help you achieve more.
Cheers for Reading!
1. How To Write More
By Becky Kane
In conducting personal (read: not at all scientifically rigorous or thorough) research for this article, I asked anyone willing to talk to me if they journal and, if so, what exactly they journal about.
(Yes, this did make for several very awkward conversations.)
Of the thirty-two people I asked, just four journaled regularly. Of those four, all of their journals seemed like they would make for pretty dull reading: They write about the events of the day, a thought that’s been on their mind, a decision they’ve been agonizing over—just a stream of whatever fluff happens to pop into their heads.
2. Be Yourself
By Belle B Cooper
I’ve been focussing on building new habits for the past few years. In that time I’ve learned a few things about what works best for me and what doesn’t work when I’m trying to make a new habit stick.
Most of the things I’ve learned help me design habits that will stick. For instance, starting with a very small version of the habit I want to build, and focusing on the repetitive action rather than taking on a big commitment.
But once I’ve designed a habit as well as I can to make it stick, I still have to go through the process of making myself do it over and over until it becomes habitual.
This is where my super simple, two-step process comes in. These are the two things I do with each new habit I build to ensure I get that habit happening regularly.
3. Deep Work
By Benjamin Brandall
You might think I’m about to tell you to get up as the sun rises, sit down at your desk and work until you can’t work any more. That’s probably because you’ve heard advice like this pretty often…
In fact, Slate writer Mason Currey says that after reviewing 161 daily rituals, the key lesson you can extract is:
“Get up early and go straight to work, making a cup of coffee if you like but not doing much else before sitting down.”
This is something I strive to achieve, usually having a run and a coffee before getting down to it. I find that if I let myself get caught up in tasks that have no clear end before I start working, it kills my whole day.
When I’m working, I’m happily open to distractions — anything from having the TV on in the background to making a run to the shop — but I always get up early to smash those vital tasks out of the way first and then take a more relaxed approach to the afternoon.
This doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, Currey says it’s only around one third of people that can do it. Maybe you can take inspiration from some of the world’s best minds and adjust your daily ritual for success.
4. Working Out
By Kevin Johns
Working as a freelance writer has attractive benefits, including flexible working hours, location independence, and the ability to build a business doing something you love. Learn how to become a freelance writer in this guide featuring insights from 25 experts.
In his FinCon presentation, The Opportunities and Challenges of Full-Time Freelance Writing, freelance blogger Jason Steele describes freelance writing as “a simple, predictable, and diversified income stream.”
Sounds good, right?
But how do you become a freelance writer?
How do you avoid common pitfalls as you build your writing business?
5. Write Club & Deep Work
By Bernie J Mitchell
You will have noticed a theme in the articles above that is around habits and writing.
We are already big fans of these and they are themes that keep popping up at Write Club on a Thursday morning here at @Workhubs.
What is Write club?
Phil and I are not the sharpest tools in the box and we love writing, in fact, it is a skill we have worked on every day for a few years now with 750words.com.
We made the place we wish we could have found. A table, good coffee and lots of people writing.
Every week a group of people come and sit for two hours, everyone is writing something different – blogs, academic papers, screen plays, white papers, courses, book proposals and newsletters like this one.
People even come just to escape their office for two hours.
We’d love you to join us.
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