Don’t Let This Four-Letter Word Stand in Your Way of Living The Writer’s Life

Businessman breaking through a wall

There’s a simple four-letter word that is often the obstacle standing between where you are now, and where you’d like to be in your journey to becoming a well-paid writer.

What is it?


I’ve seen it time and time again in the copywriters I meet.

They’ve been studying copywriting for months — possibly even years. And still, they haven’t done anything to hang their shingle as a professional copywriter.

And the reason — whether they are aware of it or not — is fear.

I know and recognize it so easily, because I’ve been there.

I got the copywriting bug after reading one of AWAI’s sales letters.

So I bought The Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting.

I went through it, did the exercises, copied letters by hand, and so on.

And then …

Nothing happened.

Days … weeks … and even months passed.

Still nothing.

Before I knew it, six years had passed before I realized I was still no further along than when I started this whole copywriting thing.


That one four-letter word: Fear.

I kept putting off taking action.

Oh, I had great excuses like, “I’m just too busy right now.” Or, “I don’t think I’m ready. I should probably take another course. Maybe The Masters Program.”

And my all-time favorite, “I’ll start on Monday.”

In reality, I was afraid. I wondered what would happen if I wasn’t good enough. Or what if I took action and embarrassed myself? Or what if I put my all into this and it flopped?

All these fears were going on in my head and preventing me from living the life I wanted.

Fortunately, I stumbled onto a simple “secret” that helped me go from a six-year veteran copywriting student to a successful, professional copywriter.

I’ll tell you what it is in a sec, first I just want to bring up another important point.

Everything You Want Is on the Other Side of Fear

I truly believe that whatever you want to achieve in life, is on the other side of fear.

The problem is, most of us never find that out because we get stuck.

Sometimes in “analysis paralysis.” Or other times we distract ourselves.

Or, we simply settle for a life that’s just kind of “meh,” instead of going for a life that excites and thrills us and fills us with passion each and every day.

The reason, of course, is fear.

So not only is fear affecting your copywriting career, it’s affecting every area of your life, including your health and relationships.

Maybe there’s someone you need to confront and have a serious conversation with, but you haven’t out of fear. So you just “put up” with feelings of resentment and frustration.

Or maybe you need to make a big commitment to your health, but you haven’t yet because you’ve tried a zillion diets and you’re afraid of getting your hopes up and being disappointed again.

These are just off-the-cuff examples, but you get the idea.

Fear is something everyone has to deal with.

It’s just a matter of how you choose to deal with it.

Which leads me to the very simple “secret” that has brought me success in many areas of my life:

Follow Your Fear

You simply follow your fear.

See, fear can be the thing that imprisons you to a life that’s way below what your true potential is.

Or, it can be a counselor. One that tells you what steps you need to take next, in order to get what you want.

So following your fear is just that …

It means you figure out what terrifies you, and you move towards it.

In short, you do the thing you’re scared of.

So let’s look at it in terms of living the writer’s life …

Terrified of emailing a prospective client?

Then that’s the fear you need to follow. Open up Gmail, Outlook, or whatever you use, write up an email, and hit “Send.”

Need to raise your prices?

Then you follow THAT fear. Let your clients know you’ll be raising your rates.

Need to create your website and let the world know you’re a copywriter?

So be it, follow your fear!

For me, it meant putting on a suit and tie and driving over to AWAI’s offices in Delray Beach and letting them know I wanted to work with them. I didn’t get the job right away, but taking that one action eventually did lead me to a job there and got my career off the ground.

So as you can see, following your fear is simple. (Not easy, but doable.)

You figure out what next steps you need to take to achieve your goal. Then take the one action step that scares you the most. Because typically, that’s the one that will pay the most dividends. (And remember, AWAI has resources to guide and help you with whatever action you need to take.)

Try and do something you’re afraid of every day.

That means you’ll have to get out of your comfort zone. And yes, it means it will feel uncomfortable.

Know that’s okay. And you will survive it. It just means you’re growing.

And, it means you’re finally on the path to no longer letting fear be your jailor.

Instead, you’re finally making progress on the things that really matter to you.

And when it comes to copywriting, it means you’ll be making your dreams of living the writer’s life a reality.

What holds you back? What fear do you need to address? Let us know in the comments so we can help.

The AWAI Method™

The AWAI Method™ for Becoming a Skilled, In-Demand Copywriter

The AWAI Method™ combines the most up-to-date strategies, insights, and teaching methods with the tried-and-true copywriting fundamentals so you can take on ANY project — not just sales letters. Learn More »

Click to Rate:
Average: 4.9
Published: January 6, 2022

5 Responses to “Don’t Let This Four-Letter Word Stand in Your Way of Living The Writer’s Life”

  1. Well done! I appreciated the honesty here (especially the 6 years of waiting/delays through coursework!)

    This came at the right time for me: I had a major attack of fear yesterday *after* a serious conversation about my copywriting path.

    This article expresses what I was wrestling with--not wanting to look stupid, not wanting to fail, not wanting people to judge me.

    I am a master at replaying conversation and kicking myself.

    But it's time to move on--and keep connecting with prospects!

    Lisa T

  2. I have a habit of second guessing myself. I want to get involved, but then I think about it, and don't think I'm good enough. I have been on the fence about this for a while now, and I'm finally getting started.

    Guest (Mildred Sloan)

  3. Thank You for addressing the subject of fear. I'm afraid to say I'm a copywriter because I haven't yet completed any programs. I'm afraid I won't be able to send readable copy-and that fear has been holding me back from moving forward!
    I don't want to sit in fear any longer! I can walk into it and get over it! Nobody is going to crawl out of my computer and hurt me! So it's time I stop hurting myself by staying stuck! Deep down, I know I can do this!

    Carolyn Richardson

  4. A thought. I don't normally comment on articles yet this is the second one I'm doing in less than 10 minutes. Something is moving and I want to know why.
    A week ago I started listening to (but not doing) the Annette Annchild meditation programme. Experience shows that if I try to do it without knowing what I'm getting into I'll stop. I can see that my thinking is very slowly changing, I think it's because of the programme. I'll let you know how it goes. (That's something else I don't do).

    David Hands

  5. I needed this article, thank you. I set a goal to complete the AWAI Method this by Dec 31 and am on track to do so but I have had this course and many more for over 2 years. Fear has held me back and still does, sad to say. I always thinking, how can I do this really? I'm a stay at home mom of 4 kids, this seems impossible. I even imagine other people secretly agreeing with me. Also, "I'm not really ready, people won't want to hire me", etc. BUT I love writing, reading, AWAI, and want to create my own destiny! I know I can do this, just gotta DO IT.

    Guest (Brittany)

Guest, Add a Comment
Please Note: Your comments will be seen by all visitors.

You are commenting as a guest. If you’re an AWAI Member, Login to myAWAI for easier commenting, email alerts, and more!

(If you don’t yet have an AWAI Member account, you can create one for free.)

This name will appear next to your comment.

Your email is required but will not be displayed.

Text only. Your comment may be trimmed if it exceeds 500 characters.

Type the Shadowed Word
Too hard to read? See a new image | Listen to the letters

Hint: The letters above appear as shadows and spell a real word. If you have trouble reading it, you can use the links to view a new image or listen to the letters being spoken.

(*all fields required)