Birthdays: 4. Lessons: Lots.

Rubber Ducky Copywriter turns 3

Rubber Ducky Copywriter is now four years old.

It’s a little mind blowing for two reasons. One that I’ve kept up with it for four years, and two that you kind, wonderful people visit.

That second reason is the most important.

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Getting ready for NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo CrestSo, as some of you may now, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Also known as “National Write Your A$$ Off Month.”

As a copywriter by trade, NaNoWriMo isn’t constantly on my radar. In fact, I usually only remember that it’s coming up in October, when everyone else starts talking about it.

Last year, I read somewhere that the point of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 and that even if you don’t come up with something useable, you’ve at least proved that you can write 50,000 words and finish a novel in a month, thus breaking that mental barrier that keeps you from finishing a novel in the first place.

Hey, I can work with that.

That was last year. This year I keep reading that it’s best to (*eek!*) prepare for this literary marathon.

Huh…wha…whutty-what?! Prepare?

Because if you don’t have anything reasonable to edit with when you’re done, you risk ending up with an unpolish-able turd of a book that will consume your writer’s soul.

B-b-b…but what happened to the whole “mental barrier” thing?

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Your Checklist—Uncelebrated Freelancer Milestones

Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress,
no matter how slow.
– Plato

Earlier this month, I posted a short list of milestones that tend to go unnoticed in the daily whirl of being a freelancer. And several of you wonderful people helped add to the list. (Thanks!)

In fact, your comments and additions were so spot-on, that I’ve compiled them all into one comprehensive list for anyone who’d like to print them and keep track. Now you can mark them off as you reach them.

Original Rubber Ducky List

  • Your first social media follower that isn’t Mom
  • The first time another writer asks you for advice—and you have answers
  • Your first referral from a client or another writer
  • The first time you get to say “I’m fully booked”

Courtesy of Sandra of Sandra Writes Here

  • The first unsolicited pitch that was accepted
  • The first “dream project” (i.e. case study, white paper) that brought in big bucks
  • The first time a client was so happy with you that she threw more projects at you

Courtesy of Kevin Carlton of Write Online

  • Getting your own professional website up
  • Earning a top 10 Google rank
  • The first comment on your blog

Courtesy of Maria of MyMomThoughts

  • Your blog’s first 10 followers

To everyone who contributed—thank you! And if you still want to add to the list, feel free to chime in. No reason we can’t keep it growing.

But if you’d rather I remove your addition from the list, just let me know in the comments and consider it done.