If you’re a freelance writer and you constantly have to be writing different pieces to keep the income coming in but you’re having trouble getting motivated or staying focused on what you have to do then perhaps it’s time that you considered getting a writing buddy to make it work. With a writing buddy by your side you will have someone to motivate you, compete with, and to support and share ideas with you. Sounds good? Well if it does then keep reading this article as I will explain the process to finding a buddy and then making it work for both of you.
– Make the ad
Before you go out and look for a buddy for yourself you should make an ad describing what you’re looking for, what you’re not looking for, the type of work that you do, how often you work, and how often you’d like communication. You should also include a method in which he/she can contact you immediately. Creating this ad can be done by using paper and markers or a computer program. If you are going to submit the ad on the computer then just writing out your ad in simple text is all that’s needed, if you’re going to place the ad offline then you should try to make it grab people’s attention. Once you have finished your ad you will need to find a place to post it.
– Go find him/her
Finding a place to post your ad so that you can find him/her is not going to be hard. There are many places where you can do this. If you’re looking for a place to post your offline ad then try going to a library, a college campus, a book store, or maybe even a coffee shop. Go to the places that you know other writers go to also. If you’re looking for a place online to place your ad then start visiting writing forums or writing websites. You can also place the ad on your personal page/profile so that your friends and family can see it also. Don’t worry about where you place it, chances are that you will get a couple of emails or calls soon.
– Are you compatible?
Once you start getting calls or email about the ad you posted you will want to try and find someone that you’re compatible with. Don’t go with someone that you don’t’ like right from the beginning because if you think you can grow to like him/her you wont. Go with someone that just sparks your interest, someone who seems to be organized, well spoken, and who possesses some of the goals that you do also. It’s very important to take some time to have a few conversations, share some ideas, and talk about what you both have done in the past and what you expect to do in the future.
– Make plans
Once you’ve gone through at least 5-10 interviews with candidates who called/emailed back because of the ad you posted it’s time to choose someone and then start making plans with. You should plan to talk at least once a day about the work you accomplished that day/day before. You can also choose to talk twice a week once in the morning then once later on in the day to see what progress you’re making. It’s really up to the both of you now to choose when you want to talk and how you want to communicate. Using email works just fine but maybe you can also trade phone numbers after a while and even meet up at a local place if you’re living in the same area and you feel comfortable meeting someone else.