If you’re like me and jump around between devices when writing, you know how frustrating it can be shift between tools when editing a file. It’s not that I can’t do that kind of switching (it’s fairly easy), it’s just that I don’t want to do it all the time.
Enter Writebox. It’s an online, distraction-free text editor that I’ve discussed in this space in the past. While I’ve used Writebox on and off over the last couple of years, it’s recently become a more prominent part of my writing toolkit.
Writebox is perfect for banging out drafts of blog posts and articles. And you can use it to write more than drafts.
Let’s take a look at what Writebox can do.
As freelancers, we have the flexibility to work wherever we want or need to. Well, within reason. Really, all you need to do your work is a chair; a space for a laptop or tablet or Chromebook, or paper notebook; and an internet connection.
Where you decide to work depends on what’s best for you. Let’s take a look at some of your options.
If there’s any trait that defines a successful freelance writer (or someone who wants to write), it’s persistence.
Persistence keeps you going as you struggle to find your voice as a writer.
Persistence keeps you going when you’re amassing a tidy collection of rejection slips.
Persistence keeps you going when no one else but you believes in your dreams or your abilities as a writer.
While persistence takes a lot of effort and discipline, it can also bring rewards. One of those rewards is improvement as a writer. If you write with purpose and look at your writing with a critical eye, then you’ll get better. Your articles, blog posts, and stories will improve. You’ll be able to write faster and better. And you may even sell more of your writing.
Another reward is a new market in which to sell your work. Back in the late 1990s, I stumbled upon a technology magazine that I knew I could write for. The magazine was flexible when it came to topics and the pay wasn’t too bad either. I duly sent a query, which was rejected. I tried again. Same result. In the end, it took five queries over the space of two years to get the editors of that publication to give me a chance. When they did, I wound up writing 35+ articles for them over a nine year period. I could have given up after the first couple of rejections, but I wanted to write for that publication. And I finally did.
Remember, though, that persistence without purpose will lead you nowhere. Don’t turn a blind eye to your weaknesses or failings. Address them. Your writing will become better and will become more attractive to publishers and editors.
How has persistence as a writer benefited you? Share your experiences by leaving a comment.
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