Thursday, June 19, 2014
Type Your Words: Smart Freelancing Advice
Blogathon, day 19.
Ever been unable to get started on an assignment? The answer is simple. "Type your words." This is the advice from my four-year-old, as I was struggling to come up with a blog topic this morning. She pushed my fingers over my keyboard, and said, "Come on, Mommy. Just type your words." (That's her, practicing her annoyed face, above.)
That's actually great advice. Write something, no matter how horrible it is, and you can always edit it later. I don't care if you call it a working draft or a rough draft or even a big fat mess. Just type your words, and worry about the editing later.
Your assignment: Don't let writer's block stop you. Type your words. You can always edit later.
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