What Do You Need to Move Forward with YOUR Writing Business?

Last month, I took a month off from most of the work I do for clients because I needed some time to get my head screwed on straight. I love writing and the fact that I make a living from lining words up in a row never fails to amaze me. But I needed to know that I was going to keep moving forward — that I hadn’t reached the end of where I was able to go. I did a lot of thinking, reading and talking and I’ve come up with a plan that will get me where I want to go.

But Where Do You Want to Go?

One of my big pleasures is talking and writing about writing. I like digging deep and looking at how other people are doing it. So, I want to know, where do you want to go? Where do you want your writing to go?

But this question is a two-parter. In the course of my month off, I also noticed that there are a lot of holes in the information that someone making the decisions I was considering needs. I found what I needed, with some digging, and I have huge piles of notes. I feel like some of this information will come in handy for other writers, but I’m not sure what’s the most useful. So here’s the second question: What do you want to know about the business of writing? What do you need for your next step?

My Next Step

Depending on your answers, I’m planning to focus on what you tell me you need most. I’m going to put together the information in a way that will actually be useful — no trying to puzzle through my chicken scratch at the very least. So I really appreciate any answers you can give me. If you have a preference for how you get information, go ahead and toss that in there too.

Just leave your responses in the comments — I can’t wait to see them!


  1. Kristi   •  

    I need to know what to do when you have been writing on the same topic for awhile, and you just get stuck. I don’t want to say writer’s block because I am able to write about different topics, but I’m signed on to regular commitments to write on the same topics monthly, and it’s tough to come up with something new when everything is still the same in that niche, if that makes sense.

  2. Beth   •  

    Jobs, jobs, jobs. Sites that list the best ones, and the most efficient system for going through all of them.

  3. Karen Kefauver   •  

    Ideally, I want to monetize my blog – that means I would like to identify all the options currently available for doing that, figure out the step-by-step, how-to of each one, and evaluate them before putting them into effect.

  4. Terry Woodroffe   •  

    I want to know the best way to get pitches in front of the right people without getting lost in the pile. What do I ask, what do I include, who do I contact?

    I used to write for an alt-weekly, but that started from an internship. All of my experience has been from the inside up, not from the outside in.

  5. Uigei   •  

    How do I get hired? I want paid gigs, and I don’t want to be unsure about seeking them out. I want to be confident about my skills and going out to get that job.
    I would love for my writing to sustain my living (even part time).

    I want to know how I can maximize my blog…getting followers, and advertisers.

    Thank you for asking

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  7. Whalen   •  

    I know what I want to start a blog about, but the process seems so intimidating. Ideally, I’d like to blog about my artistic work and then begin to sell my artistic work. I have been following an artist that seems to be successful at this, but I’d like to know more artists like her. Do you have any tips for how to begin or organize an art blog?

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