Losing Motivation to Follow Your Dream? Try This.

Do you constantly scour the web looking for the next inspiring article to encourage you to go after your dreams, chase your passions, do what you love – and then promptly flip the kettle on, grab the cookies, and hunt down the next inspirational article? Yeah. You need to stop that. The occasional dose of inspiration is fine, sure. If you’ve hit a low point and need a kick up […]

Unproductive at Home? 4 Steps to Make Your Home Office Work for You

Completely separating work from home sounds nice in theory, doesn’t it? When you’re at home, you can relax. When you’re at your chosen work space, wherever that may be, you get shit done. But the main problem here is that when you rely on an external place to do your work, you’re also at the mercy of external factors. Here are a few things that can throw you off: There […]

Are You So Desperate for Cash You’re Destroying Your Biz?

I went to visit my old chiropractor the other morning. Oh god, it was so good. Nothing I like more than being put in awkward positions and having my back brutalised by a no-bullshit South African dude. He can even crack the right side of my neck, which no other chiropractor has ever been able to do. I CAN’T EVEN DO IT MYSELF. Needless to say, the man is a […]

How to Write Quickly: My Writing Process

I finished reading Still Writing by Dani Shapiro a little while back. I learned a lot from that book and, as I was reading it, I got the impression that Dani and I are very different types of writer (and, for that matter, different types of people). Here’s something Dani had to say about writing that just did not click with me: Let’s face it: most of us are perfectionists. […]

Is Fear Keeping Your Rates Low?

If you ever want to start making decent money from freelancing, you must stop operating from a place of fear and scarcity – feeling like this client is the only client you’ll ever have, and that if you lose them, all else is lost too. If you’re always scared you’ll lose the client, you’ll never be able to put your rates up. Actually, scratch that. Because you will always be […]

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Sending Cold Email Pitches

If you’re not getting responses to your cold emails, it’s highly likely you’re making one of these dumb mistakes. Or maybe all of them! Either way, you need to fix them if you want to get better results. 1. Forgetting to Replace Template Details If you work from a template message when you email leads, you’ll probably have things like INSERT NAME HERE and [cute detail about lead here] scattered […]

How to Edit and Proofread Your Own Work Better

I find catching mistakes in my own work very easy. Sure, the occasional typo slips into a blog post, but mostly I manage to sweep them all out before I publish. And I do it immediately after I’ve finished writing the first draft (usually). I often advise other people to take a break from their work before they proofread it, because otherwise they’ll be too familiar with what’s on the […]

Why You Need to Back Up Your Shit (and How to Do It)

If you’ve visited Untamed Writing over the past few days, you may have noticed it’s been, er, absent. I first noticed on Monday afternoon that the site wasn’t loading properly. Occasionally it would appear, but usually? No dice. I had a Skype call with a client that afternoon, and I figured the problem would have resolved itself by the time the call ended. It hadn’t. And it still hadn’t over […]

How to Set Up a Professional Email Address

When you start out as a freelancer, every element of how you present yourself is important. If you have an ugly website, people will think you’re an amateur. If your punctuation and spelling and grammar are all over the fucking place, people will think you’re an amateur. If you’re wearing sunglasses and necking a beer in the profile pic you have plastered across the web, people will think you’re an […]

How to Get Over Your Fear of Starting A Business

Something I get asked pretty often is whether I was scared when I decided to start my business – and what I did to get over that fear. Honestly, I don’t remember ever feeling scared. Excited, yes. In awe of the possibilities, yes. But scared? I don’t remember that. I don’t remember ever wondering if I would fail, or what I would do if I did. This probably has a […]