Leapfrog Over Years of Trial and Error …

This week we’ve been talking about some strategies and resources that’ll make growing your writing business a stress-free experience.

Today’s advice goes back to something I mentioned earlier … that, as an AWAI member, you have loads of information and resources to help you every step of the way to the writer’s life.

A working path has already been laid out for you … whether you’re building a freelance writing business or writing a novel. And that means you never have to wonder what to do next.

That’s why today’s tip is, “Don’t reinvent the wheel.”

What does that mean? Well, as writers, we’re naturally creative. And, sometimes, we use so much effort trying to do things differently, when something that will work is right in front of us.

I understand … there’s something appealing about doing it your own way. But, as a new writer, I found it very calming to have others to turn to for support and for ideas. And, I learned it’s better and faster to follow the advice of successful people—namely, the experts at AWAI who are willing to share nearly everything about their business (so you can replicate it).

Don’t waste their efforts. Take advantage!

To be a successful writer, you literally just have to follow the directions … that’s what I did. (I started here.)

Remember, no matter what your goals are, someone has been there before you. For example, someone has already made six figures as a copywriter. Someone already has a successful money-making website bringing in thousands of dollars every month. Someone has worked with your dream client in the past …

Uncover what they did and how they did it. Then, imitate their successes. As a bonus, you’ll be able to learn from their mistakes, so you don’t make the same ones.

Used properly, this one tip will leapfrog you over years of trial and error …

Action Step:

Get started on moving your career forward! To kick things off, check out this free step-by-step guide. No more excuses. Deal?

I’d love to hear about how you’re taking action – go here to join the discussion.

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Published: January 10, 2014

2 Responses to “Leapfrog Over Years of Trial and Error …”

  1. Hello Christina, thanks so much for your article. I have to confess I'm one of those people who just loves to try to reinvent the wheel.
    But, I just got done reading 7 Habits of Successful Copy writers which is really helping me focus.
    Once again, thanks for this reminder.

    Bridget StollJanuary 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

  2. Dec 2013,I stumbled on AWAI.This is the just the opp. I've been seeking. Finally at the place where I can,should focus on this 30 year old dream.I'm 50,free to sit-still,(empty nester now),free to roam and WRITE!Getting organized,begun the Copy Writer program,signed up for the live companion program toward my GIANT desire.
    On info overload,will be tuning in to action plan essays this week.Hope this is correct email/essay from Rebecca Matter for us newbies needing to get our head on straight:)

    Cheryl DavisJanuary 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm


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