Shuck This to Succeed as a Freelance Writer

Hi there — Mindy here, thrilled to share details this week about what has become THE event of the year for freelance writers looking to build a great income off their writing passion.

First, a confession … though I hate admitting it. But I know I’m not alone.

See, when I decided to become a freelance copywriter, I had a problem.

Nobody I knew had ever heard of the profession. And I’d never had any real writing training.

While my friends were saying things like, “I just got a promotion with a Fortune 500 company!” or, “I just got into this prestigious medical school!

 … I was saying, “I just quit my job, and I’m going to be a writer!

Did I get nods of approval or supportive smiles? Nope. Though I saw a lot of forced grins and heard things like, “Oh, that’s … nice.

It was hardly the outside validation I was looking for.

Which meant I doubted my choice — not to mention my ability to pull it off.

But everything changed when I went to AWAI's FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp and Job Fair.

Instead of confusion and consternation, my goal to be a paid writer brought comments like,


“Welcome to the writing world!”

“How can we help?”

“Here’s my card, call me if you have any questions.”

“Let me tell you what worked for me …”

Not only did I find that validation … but something important happened.

I realized for the first time that the writer’s life has nothing to do with impressing your friends or attracting envy (though let me tell you, that’ll happen once you get there).

Instead, it has everything to do with shucking the life people expect you to have and going after the life you’ve always wanted.

You don’t need anyone to validate your choice. Instead, just admit that this is what you really want.

Once you do that, it’s a heck of lot easier to set goals, gain confidence, and build up your writing income.

But remember — support from within the writing world will do more than you can imagine.

I can’t tell you how thankful I am I took the leap and went to Bootcamp as a fledgling writer. Had it not been for all the enthusiasm, support, and instruction I gained from the presentations and my fellow writers … I’m not sure I would have stuck it out.

So if you’re coming to Bootcamp this year, don’t sit on the fence. Make it a point to talk to at least one speaker, get contact information from at least two hiring Job Fair marketers, and connect with three other writers.

If you can’t be here this year, follow all the Bootcamp tweets and Facebook posts AWAI will be putting out (search for hashtag: #AWAIBootcamp13). Share and comment on the posts that resonate with you. Hop on the AWAI Member’s Forum and connect with other writers.

Or, get the Bootcamp on Demand Program. The presentations and Spec assignments are enough to fast-track your way to a successful writing career. Bob Bly’s presentation alone makes it worth it — he’ll be covering seven easy steps to delighting clients with your copy.

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Published: October 21, 2013

3 Responses to “Shuck This to Succeed as a Freelance Writer”

  1. Mindy, GREAT post! I am at the point where you were when you attended that first Bootcamp. I'm that fledgling writer and I struggle with confidence and validation. I haven't had an opportunity to attend Bootcamp yet but have it in my sights for 2014, so that I can get myself around fellow writers and feel "validated" about my writing career. Thank you again for a great post.

    Pat BOctober 22, 2013 at 9:22 am

  2. I turn to my mother-in-law each time I add more content to my stories. I trust the fact that she is an avid reader. Her insights into the intrigue in my tales help me sculpt better mysteries.
    I feel that her acceptance helps to validate the fact that I can write.

    Guest (Patricia)October 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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