5 New Year’s Resolutions for New Freelance Writers

The new year can't help but get us thinking about making some resolutions, and to reflect on ways that we can improve ourselves and our lives in the year ahead.

For you freelance writers readying to write your way to success in 2019, here are 5 easy-breezy new year's resolutions to help make sure that 2019 is the year that you get to create a freelance magazine writing career that you'll absolutely love:

1. Make time to write.

Sure, we all have busy lives, but the only way you'll ever become a writer is to write! If you want to see results, you'll need to do the work.

Pencil in a distraction-free writing time to your weekly schedule that works best for you . . . and promise yourself (no excuses!) to show up for it.

2. Start calling yourself a writer.

You are what you think you are! Start calling yourself a writer. Introduce yourself as a writer to everybody you meet.

Create an e-mail address just for your writing projects with a signature proudly stating “Freelance Magazine Writer” under your name, and print out business cards that state the same. Shout it out over social media, too . . . which brings us to our next point:

3. Create a professional social media platform.

Freelance writers should think of themselves as a brand, and have ways to market themselves accordingly.

Social media is an easy and free way to share your writings and engage with publications, sources, readers, etc., in a public space. Create Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or Instagram accounts that showcase your writing, advertise your expertise, and expand your network, too.

And don't forget to update your LinkedIn profile while you’re at it!

4. Take a class. 

Whether you're an absolute newbie or a vet looking to sharpen your craft, taking an online class is the perfect, freelance-friendly means of brushing up on or acquiring new skills relevant to today's freelance magazine writing market. If you've already enrolled in the Magazine Writer's Academy, congrats – you're one step ahead of the curve!

5. Read more.

The best writers read. A lot.

If there are publications that you dream of writing for, sign up for a subscription and make a point of reading them regularly.

Not only will you enjoy yourself and learn something new, but you're sure to inspire your own unique article ideas, and to become familiar with the unique writing styles and voices of the publications that you'd like to pitch to yourself.

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