What Can You Learn from Your SUCCESS?


We like to focus on failure. We often tell ourselves that we should learn from our mistakes (and indeed we should), but if we stop there we’re not doing ourselves any favors.

You see, while we don’t want to repeat our mistakes we definitely DO want to repeat our successes. But we can’t do that unless we understand what went right. In this post, I identify five questions you should ask yourself when a writing project goes right.

Did you just finish a good writing project? Well, congratulations! I mean it. Give yourself a huge pat on the back–but don’t stop there.

You want this success to become commonplace and not an isolated incident. To make that happen, you need to find out what you did differently that worked. Here are five questions to ask yourself:

  1. How did I find this project? What was the source of this work? Often the seeds of a successful writing project are sewn long before you start work. Looking for a writing project lead in a new place may result in an entirely different type of client.
  2. Did the negotiation process for this project go better than usual? If so, how? Negotiations are critical for writing projects. If you compromise your values and needs as a writer, the final project is often less than your best work.
  3. Did I change my usual contract or written agreement? If so, how? One of the biggest mistakes new freelance writers make is not establishing a complete written agreement with the client. If something is left out rest assured that it will go wrong.
  4. Was there enough time to do the job? Rush jobs are not only inconvenient, they often lead to miscommunication, mistakes, and other project problems.
  5. How was the communication on this project? Did I try something different? Miscommunication can sink a project. Even though, as writers, we are communication specialists we are still vulnerable to communication problems. Be careful and make sure both sides are communicating.

Once you know what went right with your project, you can take steps to make it a part of your regular writing project process.

Oh, and by the way, you just did a great job on a freelance writing project. Remember to add it to your portfolio and/or ask the client for a testimonial.

Source http://www.writingthoughts.com/?p=1609
Tue, 13 Dec 2011 19:46:35 GMT
Tags: Featured, Writing Tips,
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Garden Grove E-Commerce | Northeast Cobb E-Commerce | Gilbert E-Commerce | Kolkata E-Commerce | McKinney E-Commerce | Walsenburg E-Commerce | Atlanta E-Commerce | Fort Collins E-Commerce | St George E-Commerce | Minneapolis E-Commerce |

Featured


Create Portfolio Pieces by Promoting Your Own Writing Business

By Jennifer Mattern As a freelance writer your portfolio is a valuable marketing tool. But if you’re new to freelancing you may not have professional portfolio pieces you can show off. That’s okay! There are other ways to build samples of your

Should You Write Your Own Copy?

“Oh no they didn’t!” But sadly, yes they did. Once again I’ve run across someone who thinks that simply because they own a word processor and can type they can write their own web copy–even though they have no writing experie

How to Write for Social Media

So, you’ve decided to create a blog post. Or perhaps, you want to publish an article on an Internet magazine. Whatever it is, you will probably want to promote your piece through social media. If what you are writing is going end up online, pay atte

Writing Tips


The Freelance Writer’s Code of Ethics

Freelance writing is a great way to make a living if you love to write. You get to spend all day putting words together, and if you’re good, you get paid for it. For word lovers, what’s not to love? There’s more to freelance writing tha


Need Freelance Writer Market? Check out our member profiles:

Kolkata
Credence BPO Pvt Ltd Profile
Credence BPO Pvt Ltd

An ISO 9001:2008 certified and STPI registered company based in India, with offices in UK and USA. Our Services: Web Development, Design, Content & Article Writing, SEO, SEM, SMM, Native English.

Kolkata, West Bengal IN
Gilbert
Minneapolis
City & Colour Design Studio Profile
City & Colour Design Studio

We are a small collaboration of designers and programmers from around the world. We work with Web, Print, Social Media, Branding, Packaging and SEO. If you can think it, we can design it.

Minneapolis, Minnesota US
Kolkata
Mckinney
thawriter.biz Profile
thawriter.biz

I write for the very reason I breathe. From journalism, PR and online content, to fiction/non-fiction, creative and ghostwriting, I produce effective messaging that sells!

McKinney, Texas US
Walsenburg
Goldenwebweaver Profile
Goldenwebweaver

Experience of this writer includes technical descriptions of testing procedures for testing of parts received in shipping. Non-fiction political commentary, and published in newspapers.

Walsenburg, Colorado US
Minneapolis
Cynthia Sowden Profile
Cynthia Sowden

Need an ad, a brochure, a video script, a feature article or web content? I give you creative copy, fast turnaround, and exceptional service. Writing, editing, proofreading at below-agency prices.

Minneapolis, Minnesota US
Fort Collins
AnS International Web Design Profile
AnS International Web Design

AnS International specializes in web design, search engine optimization, web marketing, social media marketing, copywriting, and website hosting services. We are based out of Colorado.

Fort Collins, Colorado US
Free Design Quotes

Are You Rude Online?

So, you’re active online. You’ve got a blog, multiple social media profiles, an online p



5 Reasons Your Writing Is Misunderstood

Miscommunication–It’s the bane of every good writer, yet all too often it happens. What



How Determined Are You to Succeed at Freelancing?

Are you willing to do what it takes to be a successful freelancer? Determination is one of the key



Poll: What would make 2012 Blogathon even more fantastic?

Take this poll to help me decide what new features to add to my annual 31-day blogging challenge, wh



I’m Switching To IndeBound For Books

When Amazon fired me and all other California affiliates I wasn’t sure what to do. I’m a



Article Tags
Freelance Writer Market Articles
Marketing| writing| Featured| Freelancing| How-To| Blogging| Lifestyle| Inspiration| General| blogs| Work at Home Parents| Managing Clients| Magazine Writing| writing tips| Freelance Finance| Getting Started| productivity| Web Content| social media| Getting Clients|


Freelance Writer Market Valid HTML 4.0 Transitional Valid CSS!