30 writing projects you can start and finish today

“I have a dozen unfinished blog posts.”

“I start writing a blog post and don’t know when to stop.”

“Every time I sit down to write one thing I’m all over the place, so I usually just give up.”

Starting is easy.

Finishing is hard.

I hear this from so many of my clients and experts in my network.

They all have one thing in commonthey’re really good at what they do, they just can’t finish a damn thing.

 

Well, if the thing is a writing project, I’ve got you covered. Finishing is awesome. The sense of accomplishment from setting out to hit a goal, and getting it done is like nothing else.

The beautiful part about getting stuff done? Momentum. That’s right. You’ll get more done. More finished writing projects. More checkmarks on your to-do list.

Crossed-off to-do list items are a thing of beauty.

You might be surprised how much you can accomplish in a day. Here are some small(ish) writing projects you can finish before you hit the pillow tonight.

  1. A 500-word blog post.

  2. An Instagram post to go with a picture you snapped recently.

  3. Your social media bios.

  4. Your LinkedIn profile.

  5. A thank you note to someone who has helped you out.

  6. An email newsletter based on your last blog post.

  7. A blog post based on your last Facebook live.

  8. A sales page for your latest offer.

  9. An email pitch for a podcast you’d love to be on.

  10. An Amazon book review for a book you loved.

  11. Create a resource list of your top ## go-to’s for your industry.

  12. Create a roundup of your 10 favorite blog posts.

  13. Your manifesto.

  14. A list of the books that changed your life.

  15. Detail your morning routine.

  16. Make up a story about a favorite piece of art.

  17. A poem about one of your favorite thingscoffee, wine, chocolate, asparagus

  18. A welcome kit for new clients working with you.

  19. A series of welcome emails for your new email subscribers.

  20. A “see you later” kit when you’re wrapped up with a client project.

  21. Your can’t-live-without business tools or software.

  22. Write a letter to your mom, dad, partner, kid.

  23. A list of things you’re grateful for today.

  24. 25 things you love doing in your spare time.

  25. A professional bio for your website.

  26. Your email signature.

  27. A letter to yourself in the future1 year, 5 years, or 10 years.

  28. A playlist for a specific activity, and a description.

  29. An outline for a book you’ve been meaning to write.

  30. A few of your theme words for the coming month.

 

As you read these, you may have been nodding along. Uhhh huhh. And chances are you could write a handful of these in one day or even two of them in the next hour.

Start something. Finish something.

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Jacqueline Fisch
8 tips to create a successful writing marathon

You could sit down once a week to write your blog post or you could write a bunch of them in a big writing marathon. Writing marathons are 4-6 hours long (because that’s all our brains can focus), where you crank out a bunch of copy.

With a bunch of copy ready to be edited and published, it will help you feel Inspired, give you momentum, and help you feel energized by what you could create when you focus on one task for four hours. You’ll be able to get ahead, freeing up more time for selling, client work, or sitting on your porch with a glass of wine.

Why batch writing is a smart idea

It’s a great way to write a lot of copy quickly. And if you post to your blog or email your newsletter subscribers once a week, all you’ll need to do is review, edit, and post when it’s time to publish. When you spend a few focused hours on a similar task, you can go deeper than if you were bouncing around from idea to idea or task to task.

 

Some things you could write during a copy marathon:

  • A bunch of blog posts or blog post outlines

  • A dozen emails for your newsletter

  • Your welcome email sequence

  • Work on an opt-in

  • A big start on an ebook or book

  • Outline and write most of your website or sales pages

 

Here are some suggestions for how to make the most of your writing marathon:

 

  1. Dream up a big list of topics you can write about.
    To do this, think about what people are always asking you about. What do you know about that you can share? What experience gives you an edge? What can you teach people? Start brainstorming, and then keep going. In 30 minutes, you could come up with at least 6 months of ideas.

  2. Choose your favorites.
    Once you've brainstormed a huge list, highlight your favorites. Which ones are you most excited to write about? Which ones light you up? Start with those.

  3. Prepare your titles.
    Create a fresh document with each title and a few bullet points that come to mind. When it’s marathon time, flesh out your bullets, one document at a time.

  4. Set a goal.
    Your writing goal could be to draft a month’s worth of blog posts, write your online course, you could plan your content for the year, or you could have a word count goal.

  5. Embrace the Shitty First Draft (SFD).
    All my blog posts, sales pages, about pages, and even the book on your nightstand—all started as an SFD. Most writers are intimately familiar with it. The point of writing quickly is to get your ideas out of your head and onto the page as quickly as possible. Try not to overthink it and don’t edit while you write. You’ll go back and edit later. Know that it's supposed to suck (a good portion of it anyway).

  6. Fuel like a marathoner.
    One foot in front of the other, steady pace. Fuel with energy-sustaining foods (think protein and fat, not ice cream and waffles). I used to run half marathons. I'd fuel with sports drinks and dates, and on one special race through Ontario's wine country, I fueled with wine (not recommended).

  7. Set the scene for success.
    You've blocked your calendar, removed all distractions, have a full belly and a big cup of caffeine and are ready to write. Just like a marathon, you probably don’t want to eat a huge bowl of pasta or a massive steak right before, or you’ll be headed towards nap-town. Maybe you’ll do this at a cafe, at a nearby hotel, or on your couch.

  8. Rest.
    After your writing marathon, you’re going to need to rest. Plan for a day off, but if you feel compelled to write from all the momentum you’ve built up, by all means, go write! This is why it might be best to schedule your writing marathon on a Friday or Saturday so you can easily unplug and take the next day off to let your brain recharge.

 

Writing a whole bunch of copy in a focused chunk of time will do wonders for your momentum and inspiration. The best part is that when it comes time to publish you're more than halfway there. Hello creative energy!

If you liked this, you might also want to learn more about the shitty first draft, how to batch your blog, or how to be wildly productive. 

Jacqueline Fisch
How to announce your new business to your network (and steal my scripts!)

You’re excited to finally show up like you mean business. You want to announce your new business to your networkAnd you’re nervous.

What will your friends think? Will your family laugh at you? Will your old colleagues think you've lost your mind?

You’re worried they’re going to think you, your business or your message is silly.

First, this is totally normal. Second, get over it.

Would you rather get the word out about your business or would you rather keep it to yourself? If you keep it to yourself, no one will know about it, you won’t get your first few clients, and it’ll be difficult to get that traction you’ve been after.

I get it. When I was working in my corporate job and put a stake in the ground declaring I was ready to start my business, I reached out to family and friends. You may be wondering why you’d do this. Here are some excellent reasons:

 

  • You’ll get used to talking about your business. Starting with people you already know makes it easier. Before long, you’ll be talking about your business like nobody’s business.

  • Your family or friends may hire you. If you feel weird taking money from friends or family, know that money is just an exchange of energy. You can also make trades, or work with a handful of folks for free to get some practice and get some juicy testimonials.

  • Even if your friends and family don’t need you now—they might in the future.

  • Your friends and family may know just the right person who needs you.

  • You’ll be planting seeds for the future. If the people you know don’t need you now, months down the road, they might, or they’ll hear someone talking about needing help with that specific thing you providebe it health coaching, meal plans, energy work, or finding a new job.

  • Practice! You get to practice refining your message and fielding the questions you get from folks.

 

These are all excellent ways to get used to feeling confident and completely natural around your business.

Convinced yet? I hope so. When you’re ready to reach out to friends and family, here’s how to do it. This is the exact strategy I used, and it landed me my first two paying clients immediately, a handful of clients a year later, and at least a dozen conversations and new connections with people who didn’t know I existed previously.

How to announce your new business to your network:

  1. Make a list of everyone you could reach out to. I looked through my email contacts, LinkedIn connections, and Facebook contacts. These were all people who I’d met in real life, so they weren’t cold messages. I compiled this list in Excel, so I could track when I reached out to them.

  2. Plan your emails. There’s a script below to make this easy for you. Plan to reach out to 5-10 (or more) contacts each day, just go through your list, one at a time.

  3. Send your emails and track responses. Expect most of your emails to go ignoredbut don’t take it personally. We’re all busy, and while someone may not respond, they may have still read your message and filed it away for when they’re ready to respond. To track your responses, keep a note of the date you reach out to them, note their response (if you get one) and track any potential business it could bring your way, and note an appropriate follow-up date based on their response.

 

"But I don’t want to sell to my family and friends!"

You’re not selling; you’re telling them what you’re up to, planting seeds, and most importantly—sharing your excitement! I reached out to almost everyone I had worked with in the past or had a connection with starting with my LinkedIn and Facebook contacts.

The seeds started sprouting and people would come back saying they knew someone who needed my, or they needed help themselves. More than half of my clients came from a referral, and then another referral. Another significant portion of clients came from interactions on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and people randomly finding me.

I’m living proof that the model works.

 

What to say when you announce your business

In each email, you’re going to do a few specific things:

  • Tell them what you’re up to

  • Make a specific ask (or two)

  • Ask them to spread the word AND give them an email template to make it easy

 

Sample friends and family emails

Here’s the exact email you can send. I used a very similar version in my emails to friends and family. Tailor this to fit your personality and business, and fire away!

Also, be sure to send these individually. While it might be tempting to send a mass email to everyone at onceDON’T! A personal response is so much more, wellpersonal! Take the time and email people individually to make your message and your recipient feel special.

 

Email Templates

Email to family member/friend/contact (customize for your business):

Hi [name]!

I hope you’re doing well. I love reading all about [thing they’ve been sharing on social media lately/know about their life/business].

I’m excited to tell you that I’m officially starting my own business. Scary and exciting, and I’m working on getting my first few clients. I’m excited to step out on my own because [reason 1 and reason 2]. I’m planning to leave my day job by [date].

Can I ask you for a favor? If you know of anyone who could use my expertise, I’d be forever grateful if you could share a version of the email message below. Of course, customize it as you see fit. You can learn more about what I do here [link to your website].

Here are some things I can help with:

  • Thing 1

  • Thing 2

  • Thing 3

Thanks [name]! If you have any questions at all, reply and let me know.
I appreciate your support!
[you]


Email template to include with your friends and family emails (customize this fit your business!):

Hi friend!
Meet a friend / family member [note about where you know each other - customize this first] – [your name].

She/He’s been super successful in her career. These days she’s a [role name at current job and company]. While she loves her work there and thrives on the great experiences, she’s decided to go full force into building her [type of work] business. She’s getting great momentum and already has a bunch of paying clients! (like example 1, example 2).

Combining her love of [thing] and [thing] with a life of [your big WHY - freedom and location independence perhaps] have become a MUST for her. She needs the [freedom to enjoy more time with her kids, in an unhurried way, be around for her son's hockey practices, and to help more small businesses get their message into the world - customize with your message.]

She hasn’t left her day job just yet—this is where you come in.

My invitation to you: If you know anyone who needs writing or editing expertise - please send them her way.

Email her at [your email].

Here’s what she's good at:

  • Thing 1 you can help with

  • Thing 2 you can help with

  • Thing 3 you can help with

Ready to work with her right now? Click here. [link to your work with me/services page]

Thanks, friend!
[their name]

 

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I believe in this method so much that I’d be happy to help you prepare your emails. Book a totally free 30-minute conversation with me here and I’ll give you specific edits to make to your emails to perfectly fit your personality and your profession.


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Jacqueline Fisch
The easy way to turn your blog post into an email newsletter

You’ve got all this fantastic, engaging content on your blog now, so you’re sending a regular newsletter to love up your audience, right?

Right?

There are many ways you can repurpose much of your content. If you do a Facebook Live or Insta-story, you could turn these into blog posts. The opposite is true too. With a blog post, you could repurpose it into a Facebook Live or Instagram story too. Your Instagram posts and Pins could drive blog and email content. You could take all of it and turn it into a book or a course. 

A common repurposing I’m surprised when people overlook though is turning their blog posts into an email. The old school thinking… and by old school, I mean like. a few years ago - was to tease out your blog post in your email newsletter to get more clicks to your website. Just a little taste of wine before committing to a big glass.

But people are lazy. This isn't bad, we've just got a lot going on, so make it easy for us blog readers! With most of us consuming content on our phones, we don’t want to click and leave our email. We want all the goods in one place. 

One stop shopping. The mega grocery store. Amazon Prime. Target. Get everything you need in one place.

Our email is no different.

Give me all the goodies in one tidy little email, so I don’t have to click all over town.

But I want people to visit my website still!

Well, of course. And they will as long as you’re pumping out the good stuff. And yes, you should still encourage your readers to check you out online. 

Here’s how to turn your blog posts into an email newsletter that people actually want to read: 

  1. Write a blog post people will give a sh*t about. If you're not useful or mildly entertaining, why are you blogging?
  2. Cut and paste your entire blog post into your email.
  3. Personalize it. Add your subscriber's name, and not just at the top, but look for opportunities to weave it into the email. 
  4. Sign off with an invitation. Invite your reader to share your article by clicking on the link to your blog post. Invite them to connect, to reply, to do a secret dance and tag it with a secret hashtag.
  5. Give them more. If your reader likes what they read, then give them more reasons to keep reading. Suggest some other posts, interviews, books, or other places they can get their fill of YOU.
  6. Add personal touches. Depending on what your audience will love or your mood, you could add a link to the funniest video of pandas you’ve ever seen, an Instagram post of a random act of kindness, or a new service you’re loving the book on your nightstand, or even a haiku. I personally save all my good stuff for email. Are you over there yet?

 

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