It can be a common misconception that being a freelance writer is an "anyone can do it" kind of career. I'd imagine most of you reading this blog know that's simply not true. A successful career as a writer means that you have to do a lot more than just dream about being a famous novelist or enjoying a "cushy" career in your pajamas writing for clients. You have to plan.
This week think about your long-term dreams and writing goals, and work on developing a solid plan to reach those goals and make those dreams come true.
Have you always wanted to write a book, but you don't think you'll ever get started? Do you want to become a full-time freelance writer, but aren't sure about how to fully transition out of a 9 - 5 job? Start taking the steps now to make those things happen.
Break your main goal (writing a novel as an example) into several smaller goals (perhaps a goal would be an outline, and another goal to finish each chapter, etc.). This helps to take away the overwhelming feelings that sometimes prevent us from working towards our bigger goals in our writing careers.
Next, give yourself deadlines to reach each of those smaller goals, and figure out a reward system that might help to motivate you to take action.
Put the effort into planning now. Then start taking the small steps necessary to reach your larger goals in time. No one's stopping you from reaching them but you.