Apr 29, 2011

Create a Xeric Writing Garden

Photo by ladyaustin
The definition of xeric is being able to adapt to a dry environment.  Xeriscaping in the gardening community is choosing plants that thrive with less water and arranging them in a manner that will retain water and be beneficial to the garden as a whole.

Can you thrive in a dry writing environment?  Yes!

If you shrivel up and die when opportunities aren't pouring in, you need to think xeric.  A water source may not always be available, so a gardener has to be creative in bringing moisture in to tend to their plants if it isn't happening naturally. A writer needs to do the same if clients aren't falling in their lap.

Just as a gardener might use rain barrels to hold water for use during dry spells, the writer should have backup clients to go to when income dries up.

Need a quick few bucks?  Query former clients and ask if you can help them with a short deadline. While you've got their attention, ask for a referral.  If you write for mainly one client or online site, apply for other sites and keep those accounts active so you can rely on them during a drought.

Even the most prolific writers may find that their well runs dry on occasion.  Plan ahead and have another water source at the ready.  Plant your xeric writer's garden now.

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  1. Wonderful. This is very creative and practical. Great post!

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  2. Love this one MA. You are always teaching me something. Thanks for organizing this challenge and doing the links buttons etc.