The Chief Secret to Writing Success

Hi. It’s Craig again, Mindy McHorse’s husband. This will be my last day joining you.

There’s a final point I want to share.

It’s probably the thing that made the biggest difference between Mindy’s career going from nothing to six-figure status.

Want to know her #1 secret?

It’s going to conferences — Bootcamp in particular.

There’s no question it made a difference for her the first year she started freelancing. Seeing all the living experts and getting an up-close-and-personal introduction to the writing world really got her fired up. And that’s where she got one of her first assignments.

That’s also where she met with Rebecca Matter and came up with the idea for the Reality Blog – a blog she writes for the Wealthy Web Writer. Launching that blog was the catalyst for her first jump to six figures.

What I’ve liked, though, is that she gets to go to Bootcamp for free every year, thanks to being a Circle of Success member.

It’s not saving $2,000 a year that makes the biggest difference (I’d call it a great side benefit). What makes the biggest difference is just the fact that she goes.

We’ve had a couple of years where she didn’t plan on going at all. Our kids were so young that she didn’t want to leave them.

Every time, she ended up going – and I came, too, with the kids. Because when we got down to it, it just didn’t make sense not to go. Considering that Bootcamp always gives her new instruction and introduction to better writing techniques, it’s the best-value continuing education I’ve seen.

Plus, I’ve noticed her career always gets a big boost after every Bootcamp. Sometimes, it’s because she meets someone there who ends up hiring her for a big project. Other times, it’s because she gets reenergized from seeing her writer friends.

I like going, too. It makes her world more real to me. As a non-writer, it can be hard to understand the life of a writer. I like getting to meet other copywriters every year at Bootcamp because it helps me better appreciate what she needs and what she goes through.

Anyway, that’s just my two cents.

I’ve enjoyed this time with you. Thanks for letting me share my perspective. If you have anything else you’d like an outsider’s view on, ask below.

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Published: May 30, 2012

1 Response to “The Chief Secret to Writing Success”

  1. Thanks for contributing this post.

    It was refrofeshing to read your thoughts: an outsider looking in offers a new perspective for readers.

    We are not accustomed to this point of view, but sometimes it is necessary to step out of your comfort zone.

    There is no substitute for person to person contact. It is all about who you know. Once you get to know a few people, then it is, of course, about what you know.

    But you have to keep on trying. Never give up and never give into your personal demons.

    Archan Mehta

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