How to Boost Your ROI If You’re a Writer, 3 Ways

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Do you need productivity improvement tips to be a more effective writer in 2020?

First, you need to understand what affects your ROI, the return on your efforts you get for the time you invest.

Did you know that there are four types of productivity?

For our purposes, this post will center on your total output, everything you accomplish in a day, which is the 4th type of productivity.

Many factors affect your overall productivity.

By the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll know three ways to boost your productivity as a writer.

Are you ready to get your new productivity improvement plan?

3 Tips for Making a Living Writing

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Making a living writing is a dream for many people — and has been probably for the better part of recent history.

Writers are often seen as romantic souls who get to explore high and interesting concepts and delve into worlds of the imagination — and writing, as a profession, tends to imply a certain degree of freedom and flexibility that isn’t present in many other professions.

Thanks to the rise of the internet and the wide availability of all sorts of resources, tools, and market places in recent times, it’s easier to make a living as a writer today than it’s ever been before — whether as a paid blogger, author, or copywriter.

All the same, there are undoubtedly certain challenges to making a living as a writer — and it can do a lot of good to have some tips to set you on the right path.


Without further ado, here are a few tips for making a living writing.

Make time to practice reading a lot and writing a lot

One refrain that you’ll hear from professional writers on a regular basis is that being a good writer requires you to be a good reader. It also requires you to practice your craft over and over again and to be continually refining your technique.

As a rule of thumb, you should read a lot of the kind of content that you want to make a living writing. If you want to “make it” as a blogger, you should read a lot of blogs. If you want to “make it” as a literary fiction author, read a lot of literary fiction.

One of the best ways of keeping your internal “writer’s compass” properly calibrated is by constantly reading. Make time for it — or, in all likelihood, you just won’t have what it takes to be a good writer.

[Host blogger’s comment: If you want to “make it” as a blogger, I recommend reading THE HUFFINGTON POST GUIDE TO BLOGGING. Here is my review.]

Set up a dedicated workspace and come up with effective “productivity rituals”

Writers often live a fairly solitary professional existence, with bloggers and novelists alike routinely working from home, and even an increasing number of corporate copywriters working remotely or on a freelance basis — and so, also from home.

One of the greatest challenges for aspiring writers is to remain consistent and focused and to maintain a good level of structure in their professional lives.

You could rent a commercial property to use as an office, or you could take advantage of a co-working space in your area or, for that matter, you could set up a dedicated home office.

One way or the other, you need a dedicated workspace and accompanying “productivity rituals” — such as activating your web blocker — to keep you on track.

Always keep one eye on your portfolio and on the next opportunity

Writers tend to have a pretty tenuous and fly-by-night professional existence. Fortunes rise and fall, one gig evaporates, your blog is suddenly hit by a Google algorithm change and falls off the front page, etcetera.

Always keep one eye on your portfolio and on your next opportunity. Your CV should become more and more impressive as time goes on, and you should always spot the next opportunity before your current one evaporates.

Wrapping Up: Productivity Improvement Tips for Writers

This post offered 3 methods of boosting your productivity in 2020 and beyond.

I look forward to your views in the comments section. Can you suggest additional productivity improvement tips for writers?

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  1. WritingBlissfully

    I appreciate this list! I’m trying to get back to regular writing schedule. 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      If you set aside time each day for your writing, you’ll be able to get back into the routine.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

  2. Leblon Blue

    I totally agree with having to be a good reader to be a good writer!

    I have started 2020 with nearly 10 started books, most of them have been in a pile by my desk for more than 6 months!

    That’s why I have set for this year a 30 min a day reading target. The plan is to get all of these books out of the way and (hopefully) improve my writing skills with it.

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