Fit to Write Tips: Treat the Writer Within

Kelly James Enger and sonBy Kelly James-Enger

Will you buy that special someone a Valentine’s gift this year? What about buying something special for yourself? It can be as simple and inexpensive as new gel pens in far-out colors to something unique like personalized note cards or a gorgeous leather journal with creamy vellum paper.

If you treat your writing like a business and file a Schedule C this year, the cost of your indulgence is a tax write-off as a business expense. Maybe now you’ll give yourself permission to buy that new time-tracking software or an all-in-one printer/fax/scanner. Even if you simply write for the love of it, a book on writing, a new notebook to jot down your great ideas, or even an inspirational CD that summons your muse is a worthwhile investment. Treat your favorite writer (that’s you, right?) to a valentine that will make writing more pleasurable and celebrate your gift.

Author, speaker, and consultant Kelly James-Enger is a certified personal trainer and the author of books including Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (with Ellie Krieger, R.D.). Her book, Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money, is aimed at novice freelancers; Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money helps experienced writers boost their bottom lines. Visit for free articles about freelancing and more information about her.

1 Response to “Fit to Write Tips: Treat the Writer Within”

  1. 1 jane, candid February 25, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I enjoy Kelly James-Enger’s no-nonsense approach to writing. I heard her speak at the University of Wisconsin Write-By-The-Lake retreat in June 2008, and I recommend her classes as well. Thanks, WriterMama, for sharing her work!

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