This week, I am scheduled to pull down my exhibition of paintings from the art centre in town. I haven’t sold any paintings, and I knew it might not have been a great time to hold an exhibition, but it is still disappointing. Facing the fact that the event cost me time and money, without any apparent benefit, is somewhat disappointing. You may know the feeling; the lump that sits in the bottom of your stomach like a rock. You might be smiling on the outside, but on the inside, you feel like crap.
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I have a love/hate relationship with self-editing. When I am nearing the end of a writing session (I never edit while I write) I can’t wait to edit. I am excited to take that mold of text-clay and shape it into something I can be proud of.
When I am through the third revision, hate is the prevailing emotion.
To make editing bearable, interesting, and effective, I have these four techniques I use every time. Techniques that can apply to all forms of writing.
1. Let it Ferment Before Editing
You will read many articles that speak about making money as a writer. The majority of the advice they offer is how to format and write articles. There is, however, another way you can make income from the articles you write.
You can use your writing to advertise a second business. This can be through directly linking to the service or product you offer or by growing your brand. Once you have grown your brand and are recognised as an authority in the topic, you can start advertising.
I started writing seriously five years ago. Like many new writers, I thought the money would be rolling in within a year. I read all the articles that said it could take at least five years to build a brand, still, I thought I knew better. My main aim was to make money on the articles I wrote.
How do you build a second business though?
Criticism can be hurtful we all deal with it in different ways, ensure you don’t ruin a writers day.
Last week, I had a day from hell. I was trying to complete my manuscript, whilst keeping my posting schedule on track. I committed the sin of publishing a post that I hadn’t checked completely. We have all done the same. I am here to tell you that it is okay to be upset by criticism.
One of the positive aspects of a reduced workload is it gives you time to reflect. Reflection is a valuable part of any practice and can help us build a more stable income.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been examining and analysing data over many social media sites. As writers, it is good to spend time looking at what is working for us and what isn't.
As many of my goals for this year have been thrown in the air, it was also a good time to set myself some new goals.