This Gig is Easy

Hi, it’s Mindy McHorse here to wrap up the week.

I've learned a lot during my writing career. And I hope you've gotten some insight from the takeaways I've shared this past week.

We’ve covered …

This is the final, and best, piece of advice I want to leave you with:

This gig — writing for a living — is EASY.

Think about it. As a writer, you’ll never have to memorize textbooks full of big words. You don’t have to sit for painful board exams.

You simply learn some fundamental truths about marketing and the psychology of prospects and customers. Then, you practice writing techniques that address those needs. There are several programs to help you do that.

In the end, though, it’s really all about putting pen to paper (or keyboard to screen, whatever) and practicing what you learn.

Many of us hit roadblocks along the way to building a writing income. But most of those roadblocks have to do with things outside of the writing itself.

I’m talking about things like mastering your self-confidence, or managing your time efficiently. Being consistent in your goals and staying accountable to others. Surrounding yourself with inspiring people. Doing things that bring you joy.

That’s the stuff everybody should be doing no matter what line of work they’re in. At the end of the day, that’s the stuff that translates to truly satisfied living.

The only difference as far as the writer’s life goes, is that you have more time to figure all that stuff out. You don’t have to wait for a mid-life crisis, or for retirement. You face those questions on a daily basis.

When I first started, the writing scared me. I always worried I’d put the wrong word up on the screen. That froze me into inaction. The inaction depressed me. The depression tempted me to give up.

If I’d realized how easy the writing side was when I was green to this world, I’d have thrown myself headlong into mastering those other challenges instead of worrying about simple sentences.

Besides, you’ll find that connecting with other writers willing to peer review your copy is one of the single most effective ways to improve your writing. Goes back to the benefit of not doing this on your own.

And remember, you can connect with other writers through the AWAI Member’s Forum and the AWAI Facebook page.

What’s the easiest part of writing for you? Tell me here.

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Published: February 22, 2013

8 Responses to “This Gig is Easy”

  1. Mindy,

    I really enjoyed your series of articles this week. All were filled with useful and actionable information. Thanks for sharing and shedding light on a lot of issues that many of us deal with.

    Best, Jim

    Jim RodanteFebruary 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

  2. What a great topic, Mindy. You finished your article series with a bang. Thanks so much!

    The easiest part of writing for me? The writing itself. I've always written the way I talk, so it doesn't feel like "work".

    The hardest part? Allowing self-sabotage to knock me off track. Like a lapse in confidence. Or worrying about unpaid bills. Or criticizing myself for choosing the writer's life instead of getting a job. When I stay focused, all of those things take care of themselves. Thanks again!

    RNin2013February 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm

  3. Mindy,

    Thank you very much for your input on how to make it as a copywriter or blogger. One question however is how to find the jobs that will take you when they almost all want several years of experience for their contracts? I have been looking on a couple of different websites that list freelance writing jobs but most want experience in order to work with them. It's the old "what came first, the chicken or the egg?".

    Guest (Martin M)February 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  4. Thanks so much for this series. It came at the right time and meant so much to me.

    When I read "I always worried ...That froze me into inaction. The inaction depressed me. The depression tempted me to give up." I thought you were watching from the desk next to me.

    And you're right. Getting my first review from Malcolm made a huge difference. The balance in his review pointed me forward and the honesty encouraged me to improve.

    Write more ok? You've got IT!

    DAVIDWPFebruary 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

  5. Hi Mindy, Thanks for all the info about web writing. This niche seems a little more appealing to me. Other than doing the web writing course, what is needed to get set up? The easiest thing for me is the writing itself. The idea for the story is a little more difficult. Usually I write about past adventures, that I feel I should put on paper. I might contact a local magazine soon to see if they will use them.

    Guest (Brian)February 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

  6. When it is truly easy to write and most enjoyable is when I have lots of material. Since I have limited (about 400 words) on my column, it is either feast or famine. Some weeks, several people e-mail with ideas and other times I drive around and gather ideas--from the Y, the Library etc. The fun begins when I can chop and shorten and choose stronger words, knowing I will have a good size, readable column when I am done. (Of course I hope it is interesting as well!)

    CCousFebruary 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

  7. Mindy, the easiest part of writing is that it can be done anywhere and whenever inspiration pen, keyboard, smart phone or even mp3 digital recorder. The hardest part is beating yourself up for not taking advantage of all those opportunities. Thanks for recording and sharing your takeaways with us. You embody one of the best reasons to join the AWAI community...the incredible giving and helpfulness provided by the writers and contributors.

    Alan SteacyFebruary 22, 2013 at 5:59 pm

  8. Mindy, I have read tons of articles by experienced writers and have learned a great deal of information. Your "This Gig is Easy" is one of the best. You have layed out the steps in such a brief way and you have seam to hit on issues that most beginner find to stop them from time to time. You have made me a little more comfortable in the process and I am looking forward to reading more of your articles.

    gina g62December 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

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