Super busy day ahead, but wanted to take a few minutes to share a some interesting links I came across in the past few days:
Here’s How Daniel Pink Writes: Absolutely fantastic interview at Copyblogger with the author of Free Agent Nation, Drive, and, most recently, To Sell Is Human. Free Agent Nation made a huge impact on me when I was early in my freelancing career, confirming that I was on the right track going solo. I simply love the way he thinks, and am gratified that he thinks writer’s block is bunk, just like I do.
101 Resources to Rock Your Freelance Writing World: Caution—do not visit this link at Lori Widmer’s Words on a Page unless you have some time on your hands. You *will* be investigating a ton of interesting sites, many of which will have you asking, “How did I not know about this before?” And, when you add in all the reader contributions in the comments, it’s more like “202 resources to rock your freelance writing world.”
Why Calling Yourself a Freelance Writer Hurts Your Business: Mind you, I don’t agree 100% with Susan Rich on her thesis about this ages-old debate. For me, there are times when using the word “freelance” is useful and other times when, no, I would not use it because it wouldn’t be as influential. Nevertheless, it’s a worthwhile exercise to consider what you call yourself as well as related issues such as how you position your elevator pitch.
You Don’t Need a Niche to Start a Successful Freelance Writing Career: When people ask me what topics I like to write on, I generally say, “I’m an omnivore.” So, maybe Anne Wayman is preaching to my own personal choir on this one, but truth is truth: Finding a niche is not a magic wand, and it’s no way to start a serious freelancing business.
Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!