There are many ways in which you could expand on your chosen career, from writing a book for your self-help blog to offering card-making classes to your scrapbooking clients. The ideas can seem endless, when you take the time to sit and work things out on paper. No matter your career path, after reading the post below, do the activity at the end of this article to see how easy, and even fun, finding ideas can be.
This post was originally posted to Freelance Ponderings and Advice on June 11, 2016.
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I love writing. Doing so is an amazing form of expression. But writing nonfiction is only part of what I want to be doing. Fiction is another important form of expression for me.
I mainly write mini and short fiction, and have actually begun selling some of my stories in ebook format on Amazon.com. You can read more about my writing and publishing processes on my author blog. I’ve written one series of short stories called the #CampSeries, and a few mini stories that can be easily read during breaks at work. Who knows, maybe novellas and novelettes will be forthcoming, or even an actual novel length story.
How might you promote works of fiction? How about creating a website based around your main character, as if s/he were a real person. The attached blog would be theirs, not yours, and written in their voice. Or you could post diary entries from a character in the book on your author blog, so your readers will get a feel for who the character is.
“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.” ~ Oscar Wilde
Write a novella in the horror, sci-fi, or romance genre, then come up with a creative way to promote the book. Perhaps by putting a new spin on something another author has done, or coming up with something unique.
Quick Writing Tip
Write about what comes naturally, what you’re curious about, or what you fear. Any of these will make a good story.
- Short story: “The devil made me do it.”
- Short story: Faerie Land
- Short Story: Dragon’s Crossing
- Article Idea: Expand Your Writing Career
- Article Idea: How to Write a Screenplay
Activity: Expanding Your Business
Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee, or even some homemade fruit water or lemonade, your planning notebook, and a pen, and head outside to the porch for a brainstorming session. Open your notebook to the next blank page, label it Possibilities, and enjoy your beverage of choice while thinking of ways you can expand on your current business activities. Jot down anything that comes too mind, even if it doesn’t seem like a good idea at that time. Eventually you may be able to find a use for that idea.
This activity might take 30 minutes, 1 hour, or an entire morning. It’s up to you. The point is to relax and let the ideas flow.
Will you use every single idea? The likely answer is no, but you might come up with a gem of an idea to put into action right off, and a couple more to implement later on down the road.
Choose the option that jumps out at you the most, the one that seems the most exciting that you know your clients or audience will benefit from the most, and label the next empty page in your planning notebook with the name of that item. Brainstorm about that project until you have a good idea of where you are going with it and how it will benefit others.
Start this project as soon as you have a chance.
Have a great day!
Organize Your Space and Stuff is a compilation of many articles from How to Live the Freelance Life. Each article has been expanded on for this book, with updates on how things have changed, and action steps to guide you in setting up and keeping up with your office or office space.
A bonus section at the back of this eBook gives the reader creative projects t
hat will aid in furthering their career and brightening their day. These projects are not to be missed. They are fun!
Organize Your Space and Stuff provides take-aways such as ideas for organizing projects and record keeping, as well as keeping track of successes. Organizing the way you do business does not have to be difficult. The eBook offers advice from someone who has tried many things, before beginning to get it right. It also offers recommendations for having a ‘greener’ office environment, and advice for keeping what you need on-hand, so it is available when needed.
103 Pages. eBook. $9.99 on Kindle.
Copyright 2011 Shannon L. Buck: How to Live the Freelance Life
(Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2015.)