Here’s your Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success for this week . . .
Yes, you read right. But, be disciplined about it. Slot TV watching into your work schedule. Schedule an hour or two into your week and take notes as you watch. No, not in your bed and under the blankets but, upright with a notepad and pen or the electronic version.
TV comprises informative, educational and inspirational messages, shows and programs that can inspire articles or help your online business and so on, even YouTube if that is your medium of choice.
There is just so much to write about and every time I watch these programs, I feel reinvigorated, inspired and motivated.
One day I decided to begin taking notes and sharing it with others, which I already was doing (ask my family and friends) but never thought of imparting this information in a more formalized manner.
I now slot a time usually late at night to watch my PVR’d (Tivo’d) programs and take notes. It’s work but it’s work I love which inspires my writing and if I do it right, should lead to bigger and better things in my world.
Editor note: This tip was sent in by freelancer Esayo Tetteh. To be honest, when I first read it, I thought, “Hmm, how does this help a writer to land freelance writing jobs? After all, that’s the purpose of this column.”
So I asked the Esayo to clarify a few things, writing:
When you say, “One day I decided to begin taking notes and sharing it with others, which I already was doing (ask my family and friends) but never thought of imparting this information in a more formalized manner,” what kind of notes do you take to share; who do you share them with; via which medium (eg, blogging, email, social media, etc.); and how do they help you advance your freelance writing goals?
She responded to the following points …
What Kinds of Notes to Take to Share When You Watch a Program
**Overall Key points & observations
**Unique/unusual concepts, ideas, strategies, innovations and thought processes
**Nuances, words, quotes and phrases that resonate with intrigue
Mediums to Share Information
**eBooks, Posts & Guestblogging
**Social Media, ie, Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest
**Seminars, think tanks etc.
Some of the Benefits to a Freelance Writer’s Career
**Exposure to information brings opportunities
**TV offers a plethora of topics to write about — from ads to social experiments
**Diverse engagements can lead to multiple income streams and an impressive writing portfolio.
As the editor/publisher of this blog, once I pondered this tip, I thought, “Hmm, I do this a lot – ie, take ideas from certain programs and turn them into posts for my blogs, for example.” Proof? In the post, How to Become a Freelance Writer: Starting from Scratch, I wrote:
I was watching the Suze Orman show a few nights ago. It was around 1 in the morning and I was sleepily thumbing through the channels. I perked right up when I ran across her show (I love personal finance shows!). I managed to catch the last 15 minutes or so, just in time to hear her say that, in her opinion, the economy is not going to be adding jobs in record numbers any time soon. She said that for Americans to get back on their feet, they should look at starting some type of low-cost business.
Her exact words were:
. . . if you are not employed, start looking to become an entrepreneur. i don’t care if that means a dog walker, give manicures, do anything like that. look into what you can do on your own without requiring a lot of capital, but for you to be able to pay the bills.
Freelancing writing fits this bill perfectly!
Another instance where TV sparked an idea for an article can be found in the post, Is It Smart or Dumb to Follow Your Freelance Writing Dreams in This Economy?. It was inspired by a CNN program I was watching.
Use TV to Create Content
So as you sit around with friends and family this holiday season, keep your eye out for topical things in the news, popular videos online and other “recreational viewing” you do for ideas …
**For content for clients;
**For guest posts on popular blogs;
**For creating some new marketing materials for your freelance writing business;
You never know where your next great idea is going to come from. Watching TV – strategically — can be an excellent outlet to spark the process.
About the Author: Esayo Tetteh is a CreativePreneur, Internet Junkie, Eclectic Freelance Writer and Inspirer. She can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/winagainstodds.
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