How to Guarantee You'll Make It as a Writer
It’s Mindy McHorse again, back to share valuable lessons learned from Bootcamp on the first official day of the event!
Everybody’s already buzzing about the big talk by Bill Bonner, scheduled for tonight. Not only will he tell us all about the biggest challenges in copywriting, he’ll also share how to overcome them.
So be on the lookout for social media posts and quotes from his speech, coming your way tomorrow! (Tip: Use the hashtag #AWAIBootcamp13 to find these details on Twitter.)
You know, it’s kind of funny. I used to dread professional events. I hate trying to fit in. And small talk makes me squirm.
So when I went to my first Bootcamp, I was worried about a lot of silly stuff, like whether I’d picked the right clothes. Or whether people would think I was too young, or too inexperienced.
Fortunately, my fears were all needless.
You see, the cool thing about Bootcamp — and the freelance writing world in general — is that kindred spirits come in all shapes and sizes, with varying goals and a wide breadth of needs and hopes.
At the end of the day … and what I’ve realized at every live AWAI event I’ve attended since … is that none of that matters. There’s no such thing as “fitting in” when it comes to the writing world.
Why? Because this lifestyle is about individual choice and satisfaction. It’s about pursuing the kind of living you want, and using writing as your vehicle.
So it doesn’t matter what you look like, or where you come from, or whether you stagger to events in too-tight heels (been there) or accidentally wear your slippers down to the lobby (done that).
The secret is to just show up. That’s the number one, proven way to succeed as a writer.
That doesn’t just go for Bootcamp, you know. It’s true for all the teleconferences, webinars, forum chats, and social media groups you can access as part of AWAI.
Showing up makes all the difference between those who just want to do, and those who do.
By the way, once you show up, you might as well take it one step further. Ask a question about how to improve your self-marketing tactics. Request feedback on something you write. Get contact information from another writer willing to keep you motivated (you can reciprocate). Submit a Spec assignment to your dream client.
So now, think of the next thing you can “show up” for. Make a plan to attend and participate. Just put yourself out there. This is how great writing careers get made.
And then tell me about your plan in the comments section.
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