Welcome to Day Nine of the Fifth Writers Worth movement! Today’s our last day in Vancouver, and my last chance to check in, assuming I’m able to wrestle the laptop from my husband (he may need it for the conference) and secure decent WiFi.
Know what the best part of asking you to share your thoughts on what worth means to you and your business? It’s knowing that people like Cathy Miller will come up with something fantastic to share. Cathy is what I call quiet genius — she’s unassuming in her personality, yet her words are packed with wisdom and been-there-done-that experience. She’s one of my favorite people I’ve never met, and I’m thrilled to have her guest posting. You will be, too. Her posts are always worth remembering.
She’s done it again. Cathy’s post is one we need to print out and nail to our walls above the work space.
Thank you, Cathy. Love!
The Freelance Writer’s Dictionary Worth Reading
By Cathy Miller
You may have freelanced for years. Or felt pushed there when you could not find work. Or you could have slammed the phone down on a room full of executives and quit your day job on the spot.
Yes, that last crazed scenario describes my entrance into freelancing. I wasn’t particularly proud of the loss of control, but it did signal that I waited too long to start my freelance writing business. Why do we do that? Why do we put our dreams on hold?
We let others define what makes us worthwhile. I know I did.
· I charged less than my writing was worth
· I did work from my corporate days I did not like
· I got talked into exchanging work for referrals (that never happened)
Why would a reasonably intelligent, professional writer sell herself short like that? Because we think we are not worthy to follow our dreams. We need to be more practical. Well, how practical is it to let others define what we should and should not do?
It’s time we created our own freelance writers’ dictionary.
Worth it From A to Z
– Attitude – Adopt the attitude that you are
worth it – however you define that.
– Bold – Be bold and believe in yourself
– two Bs for the price of one.
– Confidence –
Confidence in your writing and your business is your calling card to
– Deserving –
You are deserving of praise.
– Escape – Escape the limits you put
– Freedom – You have the freedom to go
after your dream and make it real.
– Gift – Your writing is a gift – be
– Honorable – Your profession is an honorable
one where you belong.
– Inspiring – You have the power to inspire
and influence others.
– Justified – Your belief in yourself is
– Knowledge – The knowledge you share is
– Limitless – You have limitless
opportunities to shape your future.
– Merit – Belief in yourself has enormous
– Noteworthy – Believe what you have to say is
– Open – Open yourself to the
– Praiseworthy – When you feel worthy, praise
– Quiet – Quiet the doubt and use the
silence for bigger dreams.
– Reflections – Reflections are the building
blocks of creativity.
– Sacred – Self-worth is a sacred right.
– Trust – Trust in yourself and others
will do the same.
– Ultimate – Success is the ultimate reward
for believing in yourself.
- V-Vision – Open your eyes to the vision of
– Worthy – Tape the word worthy to your
dreams and awaken your soul.
– Xanadu – Create your own Xanadu of
– You – You are the builder of dreams –
make it happen.
– Zeal – Finish each day with zeal for
who you are.
The author of this quote is unknown, but it
nails the sentiment.
you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will
not raise your price.”
Write your own destiny.
has a business writing blog at Simply stated business, a health care blog at Simply stated health care and her personal bog, millercathy: A Baby
Boomer’s Second Life.