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Archive for April, 2016

T: Time for Writers

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T: TIME FOR WRITERS

Rich or poor, healthy or ill – we all get the same amount of time.

I choose to use part of my allotted time for my love of writing.

I consistently choose to use part of my daily time to write.

I may write, or I may brainstorm, research, outline, or edit.

I honor my writing by creating time in my day for my craft.

I am a writer. It is part of me.

Each day I honor my writing by creating time in my life for my craft.

Each day, every day, I write.

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S: Social Media

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S: SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are a few affirmations I’ve come up with for social media. What I first wanted to say was ‘I refuse to left my life get sucked into all the social media outlets out there!’. But, in the realm of keeping it positive, I’ve reworded a few of my initial thoughts. Because, I don’t know if you’re like me, but as I’m writing, I need to check a fact or a source. I hop online…just for a moment. While I’m here, I’ll just do a quick Facebook check…and an hour later (or more) I’m finally getting back to my article.

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I use my social media time efficiently.

I spend my social media time on the outlets that work best for me.

I remain positive and upbeat with my social media posts.

My social media presence is a drama free zone.

I am thankful for the contacts I make through social media.

I only use the time I have available to connect with my social media friends.

I acknowledge the positive aspects of social media and release what is not needed.

I remain in control of the time and energy I use for social media.

–If you have any additional thoughts or affirmations on controlling the social media beast, please feel free to share them.

R: Research

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Here’s some affirmations for research. As always, feel free to change any to reflect your own voice and needs.

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My research adds details to my writing, creating a realistic scene.

Research helps make my characters believable.

I easily locate the sources I need for my research.

The research tools I need cross my path as if by magic.

I make contact with the experts I need that share their experience and expertise with me.

I have a system in place that keeps my research organized and makes it easy to locate key information.

I easily collect the information I need.

I know when I need more research.

I know when to stop collecting data and start writing.

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Q: Queries

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More affirmations for writers, to go with the letter of the day – Q.

Q: QUERIES

I joyfully send my queries to editors, agents and publishers.

I set aside time each week to query and search for publishing opportunities.

I regularly submit queries.

My queries are succinct and to the point.

My queries go to the correct people that need to see them.

I research opportunities and send queries for the best possible fit.

My queries include all the necessary information.

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P: Patience

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P: PATIENCE

Here are some affirmations to use to bring patience to a writer’s world. Change up any as needed to reflect your own voice and needs.

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I am patient.

I see my career unfolding before me, like a pathway, one brick at a time.

Every day I make progress.

Each brick I add to my pathway contributes to my success.

My planning and plotting is as necessary to my success as my writing.

It is what it is. In my life and in my writing.

I am at peace with where I am.

Everything blossoms and unfolds in its own timing.

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O: OPPORTUNITIES

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O: OPPORTUNITIES

The old adage ‘When one door closes, another one opens’ holds true for me as a writer also.

When one story, query, proposal or poem is rejected, another opportunity presents itself.

One door shutting is only temporary. Windows fly open. Other doors spring open.

The possibilities are endless.

I see places to present my work.

Friends share avenues full of opportunity.

I stumble across contests, editors, and publications.

It is no accident. The universe supplies me with unlimited opportunities.

I am open and receptive.

Opportunities to submit my work and my words abound.

I am open and see the possibilities.

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Freelancing Classes: 30 Days, 30 Queries

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Need to bump up your freelance career? Want to learn and earn more?

This is the place. 30 Day, 30 Queries. Thirty days of usable, applicable lessons from someone in the trenches.

When I needed to make headway with my freelance writing, I turned to one of my writing idols, Mridu Khullar Relph. I’d followed Relph and The International Freelancer for several years. I’d vacillated about taking the 30 Days, 30 Queries class for at least two of those years.

(Note: This post contains affiliate links. Although containing affiliate links, all opinions are true and my own.)

Last year, after much deliberation, I signed up for the class. I ended up completing thirty-one queries that month and got acceptances on four of them. That’s acceptances from four markets that I wouldn’t have tried for before. The payments I received from all four assignments were almost triple what I’d paid for the class.

I’m still learning from that class. Every month or two I find myself going back to one of the thirty lessons for a refresher course. Almost every day I log in to the Facebook group, just for 30/30 students. I’ve gained as much, if not more, from what others in the Facebook group share as I learned in the class. The other students themselves are an invaluable resource and are ready to help one another out – with advice, inspiration, consolation, editor’s names and emails, and general support and encouragement.

Relph writes, “Where most writers will fall down when it comes to pitching is this: They don’t pitch enough and they don’t pitch effectively. In this course, I’m going to teach you to do both and I’m going to provide you with the support, motivation, and kicks up the ass that force you to get up, take action, and work with the numbers that produce real results.”

Here’s what the 30 Days, 30 Queries e-course consists of:

  1. 30 lessons, delivered to your e-mail daily that will show you in a step by step fashion how to send 30 query letters in a month. I’ll also share tips with you on the best ways to write effective pitches that get more assignments and more money.

  2. Lifetime access to the 30 Days, 30 Queries Facebook group that will consist of all participants—current and former—of this e-course. This will be the hub where you can interact with all the other writers who are taking this challenge to get support, cheer each other on, and share goals. I pop in occasionally as well to answer questions and help you navigate through the challenge.

  3. Dozens of sample query letters, a list of high-paying markets, and links to resources that will make your marketing streamlined and simple.

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Take a peek. Check out 30 Days, 30 Queries. All thirty lessons in the class curriculum are listed. See how much there is to learn from this one class. It’s worth every penny. (One satisfied student’s opinion.) And if you don’t agree, there’s a 30-day money back guarantee.

 

*Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means I’ll receive a commission on any classes purchased through these links.

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