I studied copywriting for a couple of years.
I thought I wanted to write Business-to-Business (B2B) copy such as white papers, case studies and articles.
The closer I got to prospecting clients, the more stressed I became.
Nothing was fun and I hated the marketing. Really!
I am a member of several groups and one day I saw an advertisement for Suzanne Lieurance’s Fearless Freelance Writing (FFW) class.
I had already spent more money that I should have but it was exactly the path I wanted for my writing.
So I signed up and everything fell into place.
It was work to get to where I am (which is still far behind many others) but I don’t dread the daily tasks anymore, not even the marketing.
What’s my secret?
I went back to the beginning and started over.
Here are a few of the steps I took to begin my freelance writing career on my terms and in my time.
Step 1 – Clean House
I packed and stored everything from my previous business writing studies.
I have a lot of great information and it will still be there if I need it later.
I cleared my desk, got my supplies together and downloaded week one of FFW.
Looking down at my new clean writing space was liberating.
I was excited and began the next phase of my journey.
Step 2 – Follow Directions
As I read through the class material, I made sure to perform each step as required so I would get all the benefits.
It was hard at first because we like to think we already know what we are doing.
However, as I slowed down and followed each direction, I found things made more sense.
Following directions is crucial, especially when you get to the point of submitting your writing.
Read carefully and it can save you time and heartache in the long run.
Step 3 – Create and Maintain Habits
I struggle to maintain some of my habits.
It doesn’t happen in a couple of days or even a week.
It takes as long as it takes and the trick is to not give up.
Don’t get frustrated when you don’t see quick results.
Take one habit at a time and when you are doing it regularly, start the next one.
Printing out your routines where you see them each day will serve as an additional reminder.
Some of my goals have become habits for me, but it will take more time for others.
Think about which ones are most important to you and start now.
Step 4 – Just Start
This is one of the most important steps and can be one of the hardest for new writers.
You ask yourself all kinds of questions and think everything has to be perfect before you start.
I was terrified to put my website out there, but I did it.
Then I was afraid to post my articles, but I started posting.
Finally, I didn’t know how to start an email list so I took a free training and got some help from Suzanne.
Within 48 hours I had 10 people signed up!
We all get nervous but you just push through anyway.
The more you write the better you will become, and writing will become a habit.
If you don’t start, you won’t move forward and become the writer you want to be.
Step 5 – Become Accountable
Accountability is my friend.
One of the ladies who was in my class agreed to become my accountability partner.
We email a minimum of once per week and we talk on the phone two times per month.
I wouldn’t be as far along without her support.
We talk about what we have accomplished (sometimes it is not very much), bounce ideas off one another, review articles before posting/submitting and give each other pep talks when needed.
We are becoming friends and learning about each other while we pursue our passion.
You may have to try several types of writing before you find your path and there are many resources available (free and paid) to help you get started.
You will have ups and downs but the sense of accomplishment you feel when you see results makes it worth the effort.
About Sandra Knight
Sandra Knight is a freelance writer living in Texas with her husband.
She loves to share her own personal experiences to help others kindle their own writing passion.
She posts a new article each Tuesday on here site http://sandradknight.com/ where she hopes you will enjoy the antics and adventures and ups and downs of her family and friends.
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