How to Avoid Overwhelm This Week

If you're a freelance writer and/or an author, it's easy to get overwhelmed.

There are so many things you need to do each day to get a little writing done AND promote your writing career or your writing business.

So here's a tip.

To avoid "overwhelm" each day choose just one thing you can do that will move your writing and/or your career forward.

Don't know what that one thing might be?

Here is a list of 12 possible actions to choose from:

1. Write a blog post.

2. Make a helpful comment on someone else's blog (that has the same target audience as your blog does).

If you do this consistently, over time you'll increase your list of followers.

3. Write another chapter of your novel or other work-in-progress.

If you don't have time to write an entire chapter in a day, just write part of a chapter.

4. Send out a query to a magazine or other publication - be sure to follow their writer's guidelines, of course.

5. Write a guest post for another blog (you'll find other blogs wanting guest posts at

6. Find a new affiliate program to join (one that has products and services that will appeal to your target market, of course).

If you haven't joined any affiliate programs yet, start with or

7. Respond to one online job ad for writers each day.

8. If you don't have one yet, set up an opt-in form on your blog so you can start building a mailing list of potential clients and/or customers.

9. Make a video to post on your blog.

10. Start a new podcast that will appeal to your target audience.

11. Look for interview opportunities both online and offline.

12. Find someone to write a guest post for your blog (you'll find other bloggers wanting to write guest posts at

Each of these actions can help move you closer to your goals.

And if you choose just one action each day, you won't get overwhelmed as you start taking consistent action.

Try it!

Suzanne Lieurance is a fulltime freelance writer, writing coach, certified life coach, and the author of over 30 published books.

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Karen Cioffi said...

Suzanne, great list of writing things to do to keep yourself moving forward, even in the face of overwhelm!

Suzanne Lieurance said...

As you know, Karen, the more narrow your focus in business, the easier it is to avoid becoming overwhelmed. And, the faster your business grows, too!

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