Get an attitude about your writing

Written by Angela Booth

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Summary: If you're a professional writer, you need to get an attitude about your work.

Category: Writing

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Get an attitude about your writing

Copyright (c) 2002 by Angela Booth

(This excerpt is taken from my new writing workshop Writing To Sell Inrepparttar 129358 Internet Age.)

Writer John Clausen, in his excellent book about freelance writing: Too Lazy To Work, Too Nervous To Steal, recommends that you get an attitude about your work. And he's right.

Many writers are submissive. This attitude brings outrepparttar 129359 worst in others. It leads to people in a position to pay you for your work taking massive advantage of you, because they figure that you're not going to do anything about it.

Heck, it leads to business people --- editors, publishers and anyone who hires writers --- taking advantage of writers in general. So, while you're standing up for yourself, tell yourself that you're standing up for writers everywhere. Because you are.

Getting an attitude doesn't mean that you are rude or aggressive. You should be completely polite and professional at all times. However, you do need to be assertive. And to believe in yourself.

As Clausen rightly points out, whenever someone hires you to write something, or buys from you, they want to believe that they're hiring and buyingrepparttar 129360 best they can afford. Who will believe that you're good if you don't?

If you're overly grateful for each job you get, too thrilled withrepparttar 129361 idea thatrepparttar 129362 potential buyer is being so nice to consider your work, you'll get ripped off with every job that you do.

It took me a long time to learn this.

This doesn't mean that you should get a massively inflated ego. You should have enough perspective to see where your work needs improvement. If you're prepared to learn, and to practise, your work will improve each year.

Let's get down to basics. If I don't mean be aggressive about your work, what do I mean by "get an attitude"?

What I mean is this: know whatrepparttar 129363 kind of writing you're doing is worth, and what you're worth. And then don't write for less. This means that you're willing to do some research and thinking before you accept a writing job.

For example, let's say that a glossy magazine wants you to write a thousand words onrepparttar 129364 different kinds of plastic surgery which are popular atrepparttar 129365 moment.

Write an article a day

Written by Angela Booth

Write an article a day

Copyright (c) 2002 by Angela Booth

** This article is adapted from my new email workshop, Writing To Sell In The Internet Age. If you want to get a taste ofrepparttar workshop, you can sign up forrepparttar 129357 free mini-course based on Writing To Sell In The Internet Age, onrepparttar 129358 Web site ---

Want to become a better writer? Easy. Just write an article a day.

When you write each and every day, you develop skill. Writing is a skill that demandsrepparttar 129359 easy interaction of various parts of your brain. This interaction isn't developed without practice, nor doesrepparttar 129360 interaction seem to remain viable unless you consistently practice --- unless you write every day.

I imagine writing skills as being like developing communication pathways between different areas inrepparttar 129361 brain. If you don't practice your writing daily, those pathways disappear, just like untraversed paths through a forest.

===> Please write an article a day for seven days

No instruction I give you about getting ideas for articles, doing research, or how to structure an article will do as much for you as actually writingrepparttar 129362 things. Consistently. Day after day. For at least seven days.

I promise you, atrepparttar 129363 end ofrepparttar 129364 seven days you will be a better writer. You've been reading articles in newspapers, magazines and online for years. You know how it's done. Doing it will bring out that hidden knowledge you have and make it consciously usable.

Writing articles is a skill you learn by doing, just as you learned to tie your shoelaces and to walk.

I'd like you to write an article a day, of at least three hundred words. That's just over one page.

Userepparttar 129365 BEST formula below to get your articles written.

The BEST formula is an easy way to remember basic article structure. I discovered it in June Duncan Owen's book How To Write And Sell Articles (Penguin Books 1992, ISBN 014 0146 253).

===> The BEST formula for writing articles

BEST is an acronym for ---

B --- Bait

E --- Explanation

S --- Step

T --- Termination

===> The BAIT

The BAIT is also known asrepparttar 129366 hook. It's an intriguing beginning for your article.

As well as beingrepparttar 129367 beginning of your article, it's alsorepparttar 129368 most important part. It tellsrepparttar 129369 reader why she should care, why she should stop and readrepparttar 129370 article. It's important because if your reader doesn't likerepparttar 129371 bait, she's not going to readrepparttar 129372 rest ofrepparttar 129373 article.

Pick up six different magazines, ones you have at home, or ones you go and buy. Look atrepparttar 129374 baits,repparttar 129375 first couple of paragraphs, in each article in those six magazines. Allrepparttar 129376 baits inrepparttar 129377 articles will be different.

Don't spend too long writingrepparttar 129378 bait for an article. I often writerepparttar 129379 bait after I've finished an article. The only time you need to spend a lot of time on getting your bait exactly right is if you're writing an article for a major market. If you're getting a dollar a word or more, it's worth it to write out ten or twenty forms of bait and pickrepparttar 129380 best one.

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