Live Your Passion Without Stress

I love being a writer. I always have. But, freelancing—especially at the beginning of a career—can feel a little overwhelming.

There’s learning how to write, choosing a niche, marketing yourself, and managing a new business. It’s a lot of hats for anyone.

But the great thing is that, as an AWAI member, you have plenty of tools and resources at your disposal as you move forward in your career. You never have to stress or worry about what you should do or how you’re going to do it.

All it takes is some preparation. So this week, I’ll show you processes and strategies you can use now, at the start of your writing business, to put the writer’s life within your reach.

The first thing you should do is reach out to your new network of fellow writers. (They’re there, even if you haven’t approached them yet.)

You see, it’s easy to forget how many writers are in the world when you’re in your office. But, you aren’t in this alone.

There are so many others who’ve experienced the same things you are right now. They can help you by sharing their advice and pointing out the mistakes they made along the way.

Having a network to depend on for support really helped me grow as a writer and transition into the writer’s life …

For example, when I landed my first big client, I asked for advice from another writer who writes for them. His advice would have taken me months to learn on my own.

Later, when I felt afraid to make the leap, I talked it over with some writing buddies who had already done it. I asked questions, and they helped put my doubts to rest. Without their support I would’ve stayed at my J.O.B. a lot longer.

Today’s Action Step:

If you’re unsure how to advance your writing career … uncertain of the best way to approach a client … or stuck on a new project … don’t stress. Find someone to talk to—ideally someone who was once in your shoes.

Reach out to other AWAI members through social media, or even at live networking events.

Try a simple, “Hello,” to get the conversation going. Send an email or a tweet, connect on Facebook, or post on their blog.

Then, comment here or log onto the AWAI forum to make some new friends. We’re all in this together! Plus, the journey’s smoother with help and encouragement from others!

Tomorrow we’ll talk about keeping your cool when dealing with information overload.

In the meantime, check out this article, “10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity to Crank Out Killer Copy.”

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Published: January 6, 2014

1 Response to “Live Your Passion Without Stress”

  1. Thanks Christina for the great advice. I also enjoyed your "10 ways to Boast your creativity..."article.

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