The Moment Everything Changed

Fellow writers often ask how long it took to get my first project.

“Far too long” isn’t helpful, so I recently dug through my old emails to create a timeline of my journey …

Yes, it did take me too long to get my first paying project. I also found the moment everything changed, and discovered how I could have done things differently to have more success, sooner.

I left my full time job in August 2012. Since then I’ve more than replaced my full time income every month. But I had been striving towards the writer's life since 2009. I'd had articles published, and worked on a few small projects. To be honest, I was scared to reach out to clients and market my services.

It wasn't until I signed up for the Build Your Very Own Freelance Website webinar series that my career really went into high gear. It had a competition (with a deadline), so I knew it was the perfect thing to push me to take action.

In August, I won the 2011 Build Your Very Own Freelance Website Competition!

I remember the way I felt when I launched that website. I was terrified someone would find it and want to hire me, but I knew I couldn’t hide forever. My site was live, and there was no turning back now.

Once I had a complete website declaring I was a writer, I believed it myself. I started reaching out to clients and getting assignments. For the next year, on evenings and weekends, I lived the writer’s life.

The truth is I didn’t feel completely ready when I launched that site. But, if I wanted this dream to become real, I would have to take action sooner or later.

This week we’ll talk about how I got ready, took action, and launched my website into the world.

I’ll also reveal my “secret to success.” I mentioned it a few times already. If you think you know what it is, comment below.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about how our parents were right – even if we hate to admit it – and what that has to do with the writer’s life …

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Published: March 18, 2013

8 Responses to “The Moment Everything Changed”

  1. Your "Secret to Success" ...

    1. Write.
    2. Call yourself a writer.
    3. Don't be scared to be a writer.

    Oh yeah, and make a badass website that shouts "I'm a writer and I can get you the words you need."

    Am I hot?

    I'll be interested to see what your secret is and read your forthcoming posts.

    Thanks Christina! Dig your style.

    Robert GibbMarch 18, 2013 at 11:36 am

  2. Your " secret to success" was announcing to all the world you are a writer via your website. Once you announce it publicly there's no turning back.

    Kay NormanMarch 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm

  3. I think your "secret to success" is "take action". Nothing moves until you take action.

    MatthewMarch 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm


  4. "now is how" or beyond the resistance is the flow

    Guest (Garen Jackson)March 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm

  5. I agree with Matthew. The secret to your success was to finally "take action". No one is going to come to you if you're just sitting on the couch watching TV and eating salty snacks. You have to make it happen!

    Guest (Barbara)March 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm

  6. Take action and keep taking action!

    Eric HammerMarch 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  7. Act. Do. Push past the fear.

    Guest (Guest)March 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

  8. Thank you for your comments everyone! Sorry it took me so long to reply. If you ever want to find me online, please try here: twitter.com/chrisgillick

    Christina GillickOctober 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm


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