This Keeps You From Falling Down

Choosing to live the writer's life is a big change – and it's easier to make those changes stick with a very special group of people on your side.

Jen Adams here, back again to tell you about how your Supporters will help you hold on to your progress as a writer and celebrate all of your achievements.

Supporters are essential to copywriting success. When hitting your goals means doing something very different from your past or stretching yourself further than you ever thought possible, you want to have a group of cheerleaders and accountability partners on your side.

For example, Pam Foster met a group of writers at Bootcamp who went on to become “The Delray Beach Motivators”. Together, they set goals, encouraged each other, and checked in regularly with each other's progress. As a result, multiple members of that group are successful, well-paid writers – and some, like Pam, now have a spot on the AWAI Wall of Fame for the quality of their copy.

Michele Peterson, Rae Robinson, Linda Wilkinson, Leanne Rumsey, and Tanya MarCia formed their own mastermind group after meeting at Web Intensive. They give each other regular feedback, coach each other through challenging moments, and celebrate their accomplishments as a team. And all five of them credit the group with boosting their individual success stories.

In my own case, I've used multiple ways to build my support network. Some I've met face-to-face at Bootcamp. Others I know virtually from the AWAI Groupsite, Facebook, and LinkedIn communities.

But no matter how we met, each person in my network is someone I trust – and someone who truly “gets” the writer's life. That way we can share the unique joys and challenges of working with copywriting clients, swap tips, and lift each other up.

To build your own group, start simple online conversations. Get to know your fellow writers, and watch for where you find a natural bond in shared goals, backgrounds, or interests.

Add to your group with people you meet at live events like Bootcamp. Attendees are super motivated and ready to commit to the copywriting life, so you can create a strong support network quickly as you make new friends and talk to other writers face-to-face.

You and your Supporters can set up a formal group with a regular check in schedule or be an informal network of people you trust to be at your side when you need them. It's all about what works for you and what helps you live up to your potential as a writer.

Think about your writing life now. How would it be different if you had a strong circle of Supporters on your side? What could you accomplish together? Let me know in the comments section here.

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Published: June 19, 2013

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