Permission to Move Forward
You know that whole “If I’d known then what I know now” concept?
It’s been on my mind a lot lately, especially as I prepared for this trip to Austin for my fourth Web Intensive. Let’s just say I’ve come a long way since Day One!
But I don’t view my past hurdles with regret. The challenges I faced on my way to becoming a professional writer helped shape me into what I am today.
My goal for this week’s The Writer’s Life series is to pass that hard-won knowledge on to you. I’ll share my five biggest takeaways from the past four years of growing my writing business — they’ll accelerate your own writing career in ways you may not have considered.
First is one of the most important pieces of advice when it comes to freelance writing.
You’ve probably heard it before, and you’re bound to hear it again. It’s a powerful truth but tough to accept.
And if you actually apply this knowledge to your career, you’ll be in the minority. Here it is:
You’ll never know everything.
I believe it’s what holds a lot of would-be writers back from a successful career. They never take the leap into paid writing because they’re too busy trying to learn everything first.
But there will always be just one more book to read, one more program to finish, or one more blog to subscribe to.
Don’t give yourself a life sentence of studying and never acting. Consider this permission to move forward in your writing career.
When I was green in this business, I wasted a lot of time trying to learn everything before I put myself out there. Then I showed up at my first Web Intensive and realized — despite my best efforts — there was a whole world of web-writing knowledge I’d never even skimmed. Hadn’t even touched.
Yet, I landed a client at that event. I’ve been landing clients ever since. I learn as I go instead of trying to know everything first.
Bottom line: Don’t hold yourself back based on what you don’t yet know. (By the way, if you’ve been waiting to take the leap because you don’t feel ready, I’d love to hear your story.)
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