I’ve been a nurse for many years, a fiction author for a handful of them, and a writer all my life. After years of writing fiction, branching into non-fiction freelance writing seemed like a natural progression. With a goal of being able to efficiently, and effectively, write both fiction and freelance, I didn’t want to waste time with futile efforts that would only create more work for myself. But since I was already established with a website and on social media as a fiction author surely adding freelance writing would be easy, right? Right?
Easier Said Than Done
Although freelance and fiction writing share many similarities and a writer can benefit from the knowledge gained in either, there are also many differences. Balancing these two halves into a perfect whole can be a challenge and often combine like oil and water. I needed someone experienced who could take a look at my online presence from the outside. If only there was an expert who could give my hand a little squeeze of much needed reassurance.
Fortunately for my sanity, and me, I met Janine in the Healthcare Writers Network Facebook group and she was killing it as a nurse freelance writer. I was even luckier to win a coaching call with her through her company WriteRN.
If you’re going to work closely with someone and share your insecurities and doubts, you want someone who is personable, friendly, your personal cheerleader and human. (I.e.: Someone who can share reasonable and realistic methods to achieve goals. Because as much as I love to write about magic, so far I’ve not found it in the real world.) Janine is all of these things and more!
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
Before our coaching call, I prepared questions about areas in freelance writing that required me to venture into new, unfamiliar territory, or terrain I’d let grow stagnant over the years. Sure I could do all of these things on my own, but was I doing it right to achieve the effect that I desired? Otherwise I was only wasting my time.
- LinkedIn: Did I set up my page correctly to sound knowledgeable and professional?
- Networking: How important is networking and where are the best places and methods for doing so?
- Marketing: Where can I find clients for my niche and how do I sell them a winning pitch?
- My Freelance Website: Does my new freelance website look sleek and professional and what tools and pages do I need to protect and grow my business?
You Might Know More Than You Think You Know
My venture into freelance writing had me spread in a multitude of directions trying to figure out how and what to start and when to stop. Talking with Janine helped me uncover clarity in my goals.
- Confidence: Janine’s professional opinion ensured me where I was working in the right direction. That little virtual hand squeeze, or pat on the shoulder gave me additional confidence to proceed with plans I’d made.
- Guidance and Advice: Her experience helped guide me where I should focus more attention to succeed in freelancing and other places that I didn’t need to worry about, thus saving me precious time.
- Reassurance: Our coaching call enabled Janine to share more of her story about her success, and following along with her newsletter provided me with a role model.
Saving Time and My Sanity
There’s nothing I hate more than wasting time or money. Working with Janine enabled me to stop flitting away hours wondering what else I needed to do, and if I was doing it right when it came to freelance writing. Instead I have Janine’s coaching tips and tricks to fall back upon when I ponder the next steps in my freelance journey. Janine’s freelance path both inspires and reassures me that my efforts are worthwhile—and immense success is possible.
Maureen Bonatch MSN, BSN, RN draws from more than 20 years of experience in nursing administration, leadership, psychiatric nursing, and nursing education to write healthcare content. Her work has appeared in numerous health system websites and healthcare journals. Her experience as a fiction author helps her craft engaging and creative content. Learn more about her freelance writing at CharmedType.com and her fiction books at MaureenBonatch.com.