Best Piece of Advice

San Marcos, TX in the Summertime|Gerilyn Hayes
San Marcos, TX in the Summertime|Gerilyn Hayes

I rarely reveal my sources of inspiration freely… that is, until I received marvelous pieces of advice via my inbox this week.

This evening, I’ve decided to share these inspirations and positive vibes with you all. Maybe it will help you on your journey, or maybe not. It’s your world, baby – I’m just dancing in the Flow!

If you like what you read, or are interested in more star-written advice, visit the man who conjures up these resonating streams of consciousness here >Rob Brezsny.

Best Piece of Advice
The old Latin motto *Gradu diverso, via una*can be translated as either “Continuing on the same road, but with a different stride” or “Going the same way, but changing your pace.” I think this is excellent advice for you, Taurus. By my reckoning, you are on the correct path. You are headed in the right direction. But you need to shift your approach a bit — not a lot, just a little. You’ve got to make some minor adjustments in the way you flow.

Best Piece of Advice

A Writer’s Goal

Echo Lake in CO. Photographed by Gerilyn Hayes,
Echo Lake in CO. Photographed by Gerilyn Hayes,

You think that the goal is to be over there, and we say the goal is the journey over there; the goal is the fun you have along the way on your way to over there. -Abraham

A Writer’s Goal

Productivity Points: Freelancers NEED Music

Freelance writing is an enjoyable career path, deserving of a daily soundtrack. Not all writing projects are created equal, making them susceptible to intellectual and creative stalemates (or lulls between the initial start of the project to the completion stage).

Maintain high levels of motivation through the power of the “Universal Language” that is music!

The theme for today is Electrowave 80s.

Komputer Cast by Com Truise, image source: Com Truise (website)
Komputer Cast by Com Truise, image source: Com Truise (website)


Enjoy the provided Komputer Cast, crafted and arranged by the one and only Com Truise.

Productivity Points: Freelancers NEED Music

Writing Prompt Based on Law of Attraction: Positive Story Telling

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Start telling a better-feeling story about the things that are important to you. Do not write your story like a factual documentary, weighing all the pros and cons of your experience, but instead tell the uplifting, fanciful, magical story of the wonder of your own life and watch what happens.

It will feel like magic as your life begins to transform right before yours eyes, but it is not by magic. It is by the power of the Laws of the Universe and your deliberate alignment with those Laws.


Writing Prompt Based on Law of Attraction: Positive Story Telling

Freelance Writers’ No. 1 Enemy: The 5-Point Death Kill to Eliminate Procrastination

Frustration clouds your thoughts.

It’s the specter only you can see, hear and feel.

It gently runs its fingers through your hair and lulls you away from every great idea you’ve had.

It’s always there. Taunting you. Sitting next to you on the sofa, filling your head with thoughts of “I’ll get my writing project done tomorrow” instead of today.

This friendly, unproductive ghost is your No. 1 Enemy, and its name is Procrastination.

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5-Point Death Kill: How to Combat Your Attention Span’s Arch-Nemesis

After years of being beaten down by freelance writing project deadlines, I decided to make changes in my professional practices to kill Procrastination.

Everyday I pick up a ball-point pen and put it to lined notebook paper, writing down every goal I’d like to accomplish in one day. After 10 minutes of creating this daily task and projects list, I get things done like a BOSS.

Listed are my 5 killer points of attack:

  1. Eliminate distractions before creating your project list.
    Freelance writers possess an intellectual table of information and creativity. Before they are able to share the wealth, writers must quiet their minds by eliminating distractions to the writing process. By turning off television sets, music apps and letting the dog out, freelance writers must work within the silence. Let go, find your “mind palace” and start writing.
  2. Create daily freelance writing project lists, prioritizing the most deadline sensitive items first.
    Every freelance writing job seems like a top priority. The reality is that some projects are more pressing than others. Distinguishing the most important writing assignments from the lesser ones help freelance writers manage time efficiently.
  3. Concentrate on one project at a time.
    Competing for your attention and time, writing jobs need to be addressed with concentration. By approaching each job, one at a time, freelancer writers are able hone their talents with care.
  4. Time your time.
    A freelance writer’s time is valuable. Don’t waste it. The best way to gauge freelance writing productivity is with Keeping smart phones on silent or out of reach completely helps freelance writers focus on the tasks at hand. Social media maven Sue Rostvold impressed this upon me years ago.
  5. Give yourself a break.
    Freelance writers must develop a belief in the power of naps. After an hour of work, I take a 10-15 min writing break to do whatever I want… usually, it’s stepping outside for a breath of fresh air and gentle aerobic movements, take a nap or meditate. Get back into the groove of work immediately after the break is over.

Givin’ Up The Ghost

As freelance writers, we’ve all experienced an overwhelming lack of focus. I’d argue that no one is immune to deficits in concentration. The mind wanders. Ideas shift.

Don’t be ashamed of the silent enemy. Fight back.

I’m not an expert on the subject of attention spans or deficits. I can only speak to my experience. If you need to consult your family physician for ADHD or other disorders, please do so today. I mean it – this blog post might be fun but if you need a doctor, you’d better get your hot crossed buns over to one.


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Freelance Writers’ No. 1 Enemy: The 5-Point Death Kill to Eliminate Procrastination

Content Mills Got You Down? Learn How To Write Faster to Produce More Content

If you’re a freelance writer, you’ve probably come across content mills… and you have a strong opinion either for or against them, I’m sure. If you’re rolling a ball of yarn around the possibility of becoming a freelance writer, inevitably you will come across content mills.

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Get Paid to Write

Keep in mind that not all content mills, or “writing farms”, are created equal. It’s best to do your homework when searching for gigs that pay decently and often. Research the pros and cons the most popular content mills on the Internet by visiting Freedom With Writing.

For freelancer writers that are transitioning from a regularly paying j-o-b to the freelance industry, Content Mills are a good place to start earning income. They are also great for practicing your writing skills and to manage deadlines efficiently (because who doesn’t struggle with the dread deadline).

Keep Your Fingers Typing… with a Purpose!

One struggle that some freelancers may run into is productivity burnout. With the opportunity to write several assignments at a time for a paying client, you may suffer from the dreaded productivity troll and wander into the enchanting land of Pinterest. For productive writing tips designed to help you crank our new blog posts and content with speed and ease, read Dean Rieck’s article S.P.E.E.D. Writing: 5 Tips to Double Your Writing Productivity now.

Content Mills Got You Down? Learn How To Write Faster to Produce More Content


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