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From Stop-Stutter-Start to Mad Momentum in Your Writing Career

For many aspiring writers, the only hurdle is getting started in the first place, so you can get to that place where momentum builds naturally. Here are six simple steps you can use to get going.

Living the Writer's Life: Amy Slagle

It was December 2019 when Amy Slagle decided to end her 13-year teaching career for the unknown world of freelance writing. Her guiding light during this transition was the training she received from AWAI — especially from Russ Henneberry’s SEO Copywriting course. Now, just nine months after finishing the training, Amy has conquered her fears and is living her own writer’s life. Learn how she went from teacher to content marketer in this special interview with AWAI’s Jade Trueblood.

Press This to Be a More Prolific, Productive, Profitable Writer

Boost your writing productivity by impressive leaps, earn more, and feel better about your writing career when you use this one tactic. Discover what it is and how to make it fit in with your writing habits.

Want a Faster, Happier Writing Career? Buy Out Your Time

Finding the time to dedicate to your writing career will take you in the right direction. With small steps, your path will feel clearer, and you’ll be doing what you’ve always dreamed. You’ve just got to decide to get started. Here’s how…

Living the Writer's Life: Lynn Swayze

Lynn Swayze always knew she wanted to be a writer. So when she hit the Print button on her computer and printed out all 800 pages of her first AWAI course, she was ready to learn everything she could to be successful. Today, she gets to “nerd out” in the world of B2B, writing for the tech industry. Her calendar is regularly filled with very large projects that require only a few hours of work per day. It’s the perfect lifestyle for this busy mom of four.

Create Your Own Diamond Hailstorm with This Writing Secret

To make forward progress toward your writing goals, you should put yourself under the right kind of pressure. You’ll enjoy three key benefits and achieve greater gains in your writing career.

Living the Writer's Life: Julia Schaller

Julia Schaller may be a new mother, but that hasn’t kept her from her dream job of copywriting. She works as an in-house writer for AWAI and is the one behind many of the email campaigns, articles, sales letters, and video scripts you see on our site. Even while she’s writing, she’s keeping an ear tuned to her baby daughter sleeping nearby. We hope you enjoy this sneak peek into the writer’s life of one of our favorite AWAI team members.

This Writing Specialty Brings Freelance Stability Plus Income Rocket Fuel

Starting your writing career as a blogger is a fast way to get your foot in the door with paying clients. Here’s how you can earn steady income, set up retainer deals, and more.

She Almost Gave Up, Then She Hit $100K with This Writing Skill

Mindy McHorse suspected that learning one simple skill would change her life, and she was right. Here’s how she broke into the world of well-paid writing, and how you can too.

Living the Writer's Life: Christian Nix

Most people who have a thriving medical career wouldn’t think of starting over. But Christian Nix was looking for a change. He was already dreaming of launching his own business, and needed the copywriting chops to make it happen. Today, Christian makes a six-figure income with just 10 hours of work per week! Plus, he shares his amazing story of how one idea helped launch his copy career.

Don’t Let Our “Insta-Culture” Hold You Back From This Key Success Tool

There’s no “insta-fix” to becoming a well-paid writer. Instead, there are two things you need to do to build a successful, long-term writing career. Here is how you can get started today.

Living the Writer's Life: Pauline Longdon

Pauline Longdon’s favorite quote is “I haven’t come this far to only come this far.” In a way, this perfectly describes her journey to date as a copywriter. She doesn’t stop striving to serve her clients, reach new goals (seven figures now!), and connect with her global network of colleagues and mentees. Pauline’s continued drive toward success has landed her coveted spots learning from the top A-list writers in the industry. Enjoy!

If You Want Writing Clients to Take You Seriously, Do This…

Proving what you can do for clients is an important part of building your writing business. Follow these five steps to show prospective clients who you are.

Living the Writer's Life: Ernst-Jan Buijs

Ernst-Jan Buijs grew up in a small city near Rotterdam, Netherlands. While still attending university, he was already thinking about the future. One thing was for sure… the typical 9–5 lifestyle just wasn’t for him. So, Ernst-Jan began looking for opportunities to build his own business. What he was able to build — while traveling Europe in a camper with his girlfriend — is quite astounding! You’ll love his advice for how to grow your own business when your heart longs for adventure.

Living the Writer's Life: Colette Rice

Years ago, Colette Rice and her sister took a life-changing trip to Egypt. While exploring a spice market, one vendor proudly told them his family had held the same booth for 250 years. When he saw her look of surprise, he explained, “Here, we think in thousands.” Colette’s fascination with the people in the world around her was the driving force that led her to seek a new career in copywriting. She tried freelancing for a while, but it was an in-house position with a nonprofit company that gave her the writer’s life of her dreams…

Living the Writer's Life: EG Orren

EG Orren says the only disaster she hasn’t experienced is a hurricane… But her rise from green newbie to successful copywriter — earning more than $17K in just 10 weeks — feels a bit like one of those awe-inspiring storms. Leaving behind her former career as a concert photographer, EG travels the continent working with music industry clients across four different time zones. Today, she prides herself on being a “consultant” rather than just an “order taker.” If only we had more space to share all of her fantastic adventures…

Living the Writer's Life: Rob Gramer

Sitting around a conference room at his old engineering job was never going to be enough for Rob Gramer. He craved something more… a career where he could engage his curiosity, make serious money, and WIN. Lucky for Rob, he found an early mentor in copywriting legend Mark Ford and was able to build a brand new career. Today, Rob is a successful direct-response copywriter with multiple controls for large companies. Here’s his story…

How a Painted Baseball Transformed the Heart of a Town Through the Power of Story

As a storyteller and video artist, Andrew Davis has a history of weaving the two together in a way that creates something memorable. Here’s an example of how he does it…

Living the Writer's Life: Sally Morem

As a child in the 1950s and ’60s, Sally Morem used to watch her father head off to work each day at the Giant Green Company in Le Sueur, Minnesota. She didn’t appreciate it at the time, but her father was deeply involved in creating one of the most famous advertising campaigns in history — the Jolly Green Giant (complete with its deep-throated “Ho! Ho! Ho!”). Today, Sally takes inspiration from her father’s work and helps self-development companies craft their own sales messages. It’s the perfect way to continue her family’s legacy in advertising.

Living the Writer's Life: Elias Christeas

A lot of people are inspired by the movies. But Elias Christeas’ fascination with Indiana Jones taught him to explore, engage with, and discover all that life has to offer. He leveraged his passion for automobiles into a copywriting career where he began breaking sales records within a matter of months. Today, he is happily living his dream writer’s life in Florida with his family. Here is Elias’ story …

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