How to Overcome the Number One Writer’s Enemy

When you’re writing in your private closet it doesn’t matter what you write. But when you start to write for the world, fear kicks in.

Imagine what it would feel like being naked in front of a crowd. You’ll worry about what you look like: is my stomach too big? Are my breasts too small? Am I too skinny or too fat? You’ll try to hide yourself. But it’s hard to hide when the eyes of the crowd are on you.

It’s similar to writing when you decide to go public. You worry about your grammar. Do my sentences make sense? Are my punctuation marks in the right place? Is my writing good enough? What if my article gets rejected? And the list of fears goes on.

My biggest fear was that my writing wasn’t good enough. I looked at other writers’ posts and thought to myself, “There’s no way I can write as well as they do.”

Those words played over and over in my head, until it nearly made me give up my blog. I was lucky that I had friends who had more faith in my abilities than I did. They encouraged me. And I persevered.

Fear can cripple you as a writer, unless you do something to overcome it. These are some of the strategies you can use to knock fear on the head.


A New Chapter

This month marks a new chapter in the history of WritersinCharge.

WritersinCharge was started on the 2nd of April 2010, so it’s been a little over 2 years since I’ve been running this blog.

It’s been a great ride!

One thing has been consistent through all these, though. I’ve been doing it all alone.

I’ve been writing the majority of the articles, doing all the research, responding to all the emails and working on client projects.

As much as I’d like to pretend that things are perfect, they aren’t.

I try my best to research every article written on this blog, provide as much details as possible and respond to reader questions and problems.

Unfortunately, I can’t do this alone anymore.

classic post freelance writing interviews

A Renegade Writer Shows You How to Break In and Earn More

One of the few freelance writers I respect and follow is Linda Formichelli.

Linda FormichelliShe’s been in this game for over 15 years, she’s published her own book, she’s published several courses and she has countless testimonials from students who created a successful career after taking her advice.

Linda knows what she’s doing, so naturally, I was very excited when I had the opportunity to interview her for this blog.

I wanted to find out:

  • How much Linda charges per hour from her Copywriting work, and how to charge your clients
  • What Linda would do if she were to start again from scratch – with no network or influence whatsoever
  • If passive income is possible for writers, or if it’s a 21st century myth
  • Linda’s 6-steps process for getting into consumer magazines

All this and more is covered in this interview.