How to Make Pleasure a Priority in Your Writing Career

There’s nothing like chatting up people who’ve launched a freelance writing career …

 … And are more than willing to share their hard-won experience to help you move forward, faster.

That’s what was happening all over the place at Bootcamp last night as experienced writers chatted with those who are new to the writing profession.

It all started when Richard Armstrong got everybody fired up with his presentation on how to write “till your copy sings” to your intended prospect.

Richard had plenty of trouble getting his writing career off the ground, but as he says, “Nothing is insurmountable.”

Experience and persistence won out, and in Richard’s case, that led to a long-running, award-winning copywriting career.

One thing he said really resonated with me, though. It was that it’s easy to get pigeonholed – especially when you start to experience early success as a writer.

But, he added that you can get over and through everything if you have a clear enough vision of where you want to go.

That sounds right on target with our conversation this week about freedom as a writer. Consider how important it is to address the freedom question first, or at least as soon as possible. Otherwise, as Richard put it, writing success can come fast and furious. So, you need focus and motivation to keep your sights set on where you want to go, long-term, in your life as a writer.

John Carlton echoed that same thought this morning, as hundreds of writers descended on the big ballroom for the day’s lineup of excellent speakers. As he put it, “The arc of a successful career involves a lot of things … so find a groove you’re really happy with.”

Meaning, you can have a writing career loaded with clients, projects, and money. But making sure you really enjoy the mix needs to be your first priority.

So, follow your passion into a writing field that energizes you. Go after your “dream clients” and focus your efforts on landing projects you’re intrigued by. Don’t take everything that comes your way. Don’t agree to write for everybody who needs you.

At the same time, know that it can take a little while to find your “groove,” as John Carlton put it. So yes, it’s okay to sample different kinds of projects, and to work for a whole variety of clients.

“Just remember,” John said, “you’re going to have to work at it.”

And that takes us back to our focus on freedom this week, and on defining what the writer’s life really means to you, beyond the money, and on a daily, truly mindful level.

Here are three questions you can ask yourself, right now. Answering these will help you piece together a writing career where pleasure is your priority:

  1. What kind of writing do I enjoy doing most?
  2. What can I do to honor the effort I’m putting in every day as I work to build my writing career?
  3. How can I show my gratitude to the people who are most important to me in life?

Care to share your answers? I’d love to hear them.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back with another glimpse into Bootcamp life. Though, given what we’ve already heard and learned from, it’s going to be life-changing.

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Published: October 16, 2014

5 Responses to “How to Make Pleasure a Priority in Your Writing Career”

  1. I love writing about some health fitness and health hygeine type of stuff. I also love writng about music and entertainment as well as current news events in the urban community.

    I honor my effort by posting my success story and future goals on social media.

    I show gratitude by repeatedly saying thank you.

    Guest (lemar)

  2. You are exactly right saying that the real value in making the money that can be made copywriting is the freedom. Freedom has become huge with me, freedom to be with my family as much as I want, anytime I want, without having to ask permission.

    I also want the financial freedom of not being a slave to any creditors. I am gradually accomplishing that.

    I love to write. I want all the advice I can get on becoming a skilled copywriter.


    Scott Moore

    Guest (scott moore)

  3. I was at boot camp, and both speakers were awesome. I still have a hard time as far as building my business...but am absolutely determined that I will be an established copywriter before next years boot camp. It's the "start" that makes the difference. Where do you get that first client that turns your life around. I plan to write spec assignments for the job fair marketers...but after that...Nobody seems to tell you...where do you look?

    Sue Morin

  4. I enjoy writing about health, self-help, and education. I want the freedom to be able to work from home and be able to work from wherever I choose to be at the moment. Yes, I want financial freedom so that I can help my family. That is how I will show gratitude.

    Guest (Judith)

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