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Secrets of the "Big P"

Hi, it’s Mindy McHorse again, back to talk about really getting your freelance writing career off the ground this fall by sharing knowledge from this year’s Bootcamp.

Yesterday, we covered how essential it is to first decide YOU are worth it — and to not wait for outside validation. Instead, get your strength by tapping the existing network of supportive AWAI writers.

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to move on to what I call the “Big P.”

What is it? Preparation.

I’m the first to confess preparation has never been my strong point. Like now — I leave for Bootcamp tomorrow, haven’t packed, and still have a thousand things to do before stepping on that plane.

But as far as my writing career goes, I’m more on top of things these days.

It’s all thanks to strategies I’ve learned at Bootcamp over the years. Different tips from countless speakers and fellow writers that paved the way for me to build a fast-growing, long-lasting, income-earning writing career.

So today, I want to share the top five things I’ve learned from my annual treks to Delray Beach. Definitely take these steps if you’ll be at Bootcamp this week, or the next time you attend a professional event, or even to succeed at things in everyday life.

  1. Set segmented multiple goals. Meaning, set a goal for what you want to do by the end of this week, the end of this year, one year from now, and five years from now.
  2. Write out action-steps to break up your goals into bite-size, doable chunks. Plenty of people make goals. Few plan out HOW they’ll achieve them. What’s the first step you need to take to reach any of those goals?
  3. Find someone you can reach out to with questions. It could be another AWAI member, a fellow writer you meet online, or even some of the AWAI staff and program authors. Too many freelancers try to go this road alone. Well, you know what? Everything’s easier when you let someone show you the way.
  4. Keep up with your learning, but don’t let it overwhelm you. There will always be a shocking amount of opportunities for freelance writers to explore. Pick one or two and learn everything you can about them, but put a cap on the amount of time you spend reading and studying. Your remaining time should go to writing.
  5. Constantly reassess what you’ve told yourself you need to do. Make sure it aligns with your ambitions. Goals can change, and that’s okay. So check in with yourself on a regular basis to make sure you’re doing what you need and want.

I credit the powerful speakers and presentations from past Bootcamps, like Joe Vitale and Herschell Gordon Lewis, with teaching me the art of preparation in my writing career.

And every year, I get new and incredibly valuable advice. I can’t wait to get there so I can start soaking up more action-producing wisdom. I’ll be back here tomorrow to share it with you.

By the way, what’s the biggest thing related to a freelance writing career you’d like advice on? Tell me here.

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Published: October 22, 2013

4 Responses to “Secrets of the "Big P"”

  1. Hi MIndy,

    Tip #4 is a BIG ONE. I bought 4 AWAI courses, joined three websites, Wealthy Webwriter and PWA - watched all the AWAI webinars and then visited the speaker's websites and watched and read even more. And I got overwhelmed - so much so that I began to doubt my decision to pursue copywriting as a career.

    Thanks for getting me back on track with this article.


    Guest (Michael Hume)October 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm

  2. Hi Mindy. Thank you for your ongoing, very helpful advice.
    My 'achilles heel' is doing research. I never know where to start(I usually feel like I'm looking for a needle in haystack!).
    Nor do I know a good way to store information so that it's easily accessible.(Ihave never done any office or admin work so know zilch about filing etc.)
    I would be so grateful if you or anyone has any practical advice on this topic.
    Best regards, Teresa.

    Guest (Teresa Farrell)October 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

  3. Mindy McHorse and the AWAI Copy writing team say that only a certain amount of time goes to reading and studying, the rest goes to writing. Well I'm a newbie and I do write a lot of emails but what am I supposed to write about? Should I make up my own copy based on a make believe product and make believe prospects and come up with my own letters? Or would I be better off writing out in longhand some of the Hall of Fame Letters for now. I'm not sure where to start. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    Anne MenchOctober 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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