One of the methods that have allowed me to accomplish all that I have done so far is my emphasis on focus. Given all the opportunities and temptations that crop up in a typical day, it would be easy to spend time […]
Robert Moskowitz wrote a new post, There Is No Shortcut, No Easy Way to Your Best Writing, on the site Robert Moskowitz's Blog 2 months, 3 weeks ago
I’ve been writing professionally for more years than I usually care to remember, and I am still struggling to fully accept some basic truths that other professionals have been freely sharing every one of those y […]
As I’ve already touched on in a previous post, one of the easiest ways to get additional assignments is to work more often for your favorite clients.
In that post, I discussed three important strategies for g […]
As a professional, you make explicit commitments to every client you accept. Chief among these is your commitment to deliver your work-product on time.
You and your client may differ on matters of taste, […]
Robert Moskowitz wrote a new post, There Is A “Best” Pattern for Creative Work – Find Yours, on the site Robert Moskowitz's Blog 4 months, 1 week ago
Creativity is a much-studied activity that no one truly understands. And some of what we don’t understand about it includes:
How it occurs,
What triggers it, and
How we can control it.
So in this p […]
One of the biggest mistakes that a creative professional can make is to blur the line between creative efforts and business efforts. You don’t expect a doctor to diagnose every person she meets. You don’t exp […]
Robert Moskowitz wrote a new post, The More Unique and Popular You Are, the More Your Compensation, on the site Robert Moskowitz's Blog 4 months, 3 weeks ago
How much does a writer for your local advertising weekly earn? How much does J.K. Rowling earn?
What’s the reason for the difference?
In my view, there are primarily two reasons.
First, popularity. A lot […]
You can’t negotiate your birthday. But pretty much everything else is susceptible to discussion and change, provided you’re open to such a conversation, and you know how to proceed.
What is […]
There came a time, early in my career, when I was faced with a difficult situation: I needed to earn more money. But since I generated my income from publishers and others who chose for their own reasons and on […]
One of the keys to professional writing is to crank out a lot of good work. And to do that, you’ll need to put in a good deal of time.
The best way to guarantee that you’ll have the time available to acc […]
If you want to be a professional writer, then you ought to treat your work as a business. And that means you ought to develop a business plan.
If you’re just starting out to become a professional writer, you […]
Robert Moskowitz wrote a new post, Please join me for a very educational webinar, June 22 at Noon, Pacific Time, on the site Robert Moskowitz's Blog 7 months, 1 week ago
June 22, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm Eastern
Webinar: Wake Up the Professional Writer Inside You
with Robert Moskowitz, NAIWE’s Professionalism Expert
NAIWE Members: $10
To re […]
One of the most difficult questions you’ll ever be asked about your work is: “What’s it worth?”
Unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, the road to becoming a professional writer involve […]
Aside from the actual craft of writing, one of the best ways to improve your work (and generate more personal satisfaction and income as a result) is to harness the power of your dreams.
In this context, let’s […]
I don’t know about you, but while I greatly enjoy writing, and I love to re-read my finished work (plus I metaphorically glow every time I hear the occasional “you changed my life”), I have never forgotten that […]
No matter what the field, what the profession, what the skill set, everyone who strives to accomplish specific goals brings to the effort a variety of strengths and weaknesses. This is no less true in the field of […]
The better a professional writer you become, the bigger and more important will be the contracts people ask you to sign.
But tempting as those financial figures may be (with all those zeroes to the left of the […]
If you are – or want to be – a working professional writer, then it’s time to realize (or remember) that being able to write a great piece is winning only half the battle.
The other half is being able to sell […]
Whenever I have moved to a new home, I run into the same kind of organizational difficulties.
For example, say I want to write a story, but I can’t because my chair and desk are cluttered with moving boxes. […]
I remember going to lots of writers’ conferences, back when I lived in Philadelphia. And then going to more writers’ conferences after I moved to Los Angeles. And also taking writing courses and attending writing […]