Overcoming Doubts When Pursuing The Writer's Life

Laptop with note stuck on it that says you can do it

Several years ago, I received an email from an AWAI Circle of Success member.

Can you help out a newbie who can pretty much talk herself out of anything? Is copywriting learnable? Can someone with no background in writing or sales, conquer copywriting and be successful? … doubt has crept in where enthusiasm and motivation once lived.

Do you have doubts like my COS friend?

I'd be surprised if you didn’t. Anytime you embark on a venture as life-expanding as the one you're contemplating, self-doubt is normal.

But it doesn’t have to freeze you in place. It doesn’t have to keep you from grabbing the writer's life.

You're not alone …

Many AWAI members feel they're expected to make huge changes in their lives … really fast.

Nobody expects this. This type of change has to come at a pace that works for you.

If you approach your new career reasonably and systematically, you will make progress and be able to achieve the success you deserve.

But only under one condition: You don't allow doubts and misgivings to take control.

You can get there when you know where you’re going …

The best way to do this is to draw a map for success. Regardless of where you are in your career, start with where you are now. Map out where to get to and when you want to get there. (The ‘when’ is very important.)

Here’s a good ‘for instance.’ Let’s say you just started The Accelerated Program, and you’re still working a full-time job. The program’s 13 installments suggest to me you might assign one installment a month to study. That means you have a little over a year to complete it.

Some of the installments will take less than a month to complete. Great! You’re ahead of schedule.

Some may take a bit longer. No problem. If you keep to your schedule, it works itself out.

The key is to keep on schedule. But saying, “I’m going to do one installment a month” isn’t enough. You must be more specific.

Schedule times every week to work on the program. If it’s practical in your life, make it the same days and times. (I strongly suggest this.) With approximately four weeks in every month, you’ve potentially got enough time every week to work on one-fourth of each installment.

One-fourth. Not big or overwhelming. You can do this!

I saved the most important for last …

You must write your schedule down. Do draft versions on scratch paper. When you have the final version, write it on a large piece of paper — something like 2' by 3' works well. Hang this large version on a wall near your work area. So what if it doesn’t match your décor! Your success is so much more important.

Every week when you complete your scheduled work, take a large marker and cross it off the big schedule … the one you see daily that maps progress toward your goal.

Completing anything as big as The Accelerated Program may seem overwhelming when seen from the starting point. But when you break it down into small, weekly steps, it’s much easier to keep moving forward.

Stick with this schedule. You’ll work your way through any AWAI program in the time you set out. Major success! Doubts squashed.

If lack of experience bothers you …

I started copywriting about 20 years ago after first majoring in biochemistry, then turning my career toward teaching severely disabled children. (Which I did for 25 wonderful years.) Not much preparation for copywriting.

It took effort and a systematic, scheduled approach to become a copywriter. But here I am, doing what I love. Not only writing but teaching others as a Master Instructor for Circle of Success.

I know if I can make it, so can you … IF you give yourself the chance.

You can do this.

Good luck. Remember: Never let doubts stop you from becoming a successful copywriter.

Until then, I'd love for you to tell us about how you overcome your doubts … Or if you're still struggling with them. Comment below to let us know.

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Published: October 24, 2017

6 Responses to “Overcoming Doubts When Pursuing The Writer's Life”

  1. This article arrived in my inbox at the perfect moment! I started exercise 17 this morning and have been bogged down with overwhelming self doubt. I do feel encouraged after having read it. Thank you!

    JillJOctober 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm

  2. What about doubts that I'd really like to do the writing? That it would turn out to be a chore? How can I overcome that?

    AlanMarOctober 24, 2017 at 10:26 pm

  3. Ah, yes, doubt, it creeps into my mind too often. But, I have learned to take a few breaths, push it back and focus on taking steps forward, no matter how small. I just define the one or two things I need to do next that will keep me moving forward.

    BernadineOctober 24, 2017 at 10:31 pm

  4. I am new to Barefoot Writer and AWAI. I am loving it so far. Yes, I have my doubts, but they are nothing I cannot overcome. So when it comes to signing up for Circle of Success, you just caught me at a bad time - financially speaking that is.

    I'll be happy to sign up for COS as soon as I can come up with the down payment and can see my way to being able to support the monthly commitment. I am so excited about this; I'll meet you in COS soon, even if it is next year and I need to pay more.

    Mark AOctober 25, 2017 at 9:03 am

  5. I guess my feelings of not being good enough come from the constant rejections--both of clients I'm trying to get and from the numerous articles I've submitted to AWAI. But I keep thinking about the Harry Potter's author and the number of rejections she received.

    Guest (Barbara R)October 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm

  6. This editorial aimed at wannabe copywriters by Will Newman is one of the most encouraging (and most of them are!) articles I've come across.
    Since I'm in the midst of moving, it's not going to be anytime real soon I'll be able to accomplish what I set out to do when I started AWAI ~ complete the Accelerated Course and then onto other, more focused courses.
    Because of this,I've felt discouraged. Now, Will's article gives me hope and a real Plan to plow ahead. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel!! Thanks, Will.

    D L CothernOctober 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm

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