The Final Stretch to Becoming a Full-Time Copywriter
Seems like the topic of birth is resonating with people this week …
It’s certainly on the top of my mind – as I’m due to give birth in just a couple of days.
But hundreds of other AWAI members just like you are taking the concept to a new level and finally “birthing” their dreams to live the writer’s life as well-paid, freelance copywriters.
As I’ve shown you this week, the journeys are profoundly similar.
You start out toying with the idea – as in, do I really want to do this? Am I ready? Will it work?
Then you’ve got the first trimester to contend with. You still have some fears, and you’re not ready to share your news with a lot of people.
Next comes the second trimester. The criticism wanes, and you’re more apt to talk openly about it. Excitement starts to build while your hesitation fades.
Then comes the third trimester. And let me tell you, it’s a good place to be.
As a pregnant woman, it’s where you get a ton of positive attention. People get excited for you. They want details, as in, “How do you feel? Are you having a boy or girl? Do you have names picked out?”
As a newly-turned copywriter, it’s the same deal. Once you hit the “third trimester stage,” everybody gets excited about the leap you’ve taken. They want to know all about what you do and how you do it. They wonder whether you can help them in their business, or they tell you about somebody they know who could use some good copy.
Best of all, the work starts to flood in. Good copywriters remain in short supply, and if word gets out that you’re both good and available … you’ll essentially be “well fed” with work. Steadily.
Don’t get me wrong – you still have uncertainties at this point. If you’re pregnant, you still have to get through birth. If you’re transitioning to the writer’s life, you still may need to make the transition permanent, such as making the leap and finally quitting your day job.
In his book, Buying Trances, Joe Vitale talks about the power of the trance-like state. We all enter what he terms “waking trances” throughout the day, be it while we’re driving or watching a sports game or reading a great book. It’s a state where we’re awake and alert and our minds are focused on something, but we’re not necessarily aware of everything else going on around us.
A trance isn’t a bad thing. A lot of copywriters experience a “writing trance” while working on projects, where their fingers fly and their minds race. Time evaporates.
Trances will – and should – always be a part of your life. But at this stage in your journey, it’s important to wake up from the trance that got you here and enter into a new one that puts you in total control.
In other words, it’s where you move from the blissful state of the third trimester and into a permanent reality of life as a successful copywriter.
If you’re thinking: “Great, how do I do that?”
Don’t worry, I explain how in my recent article …
Today, I want you to think about what you need to feel, think, or do in order to cross over from the “gestational stage” of becoming a copywriter to a permanent reality where there’s no going back (because at that point, you are a copywriter).
And I invite you to share your thoughts or questions with me in the comments below.
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