Missed the first two posts in this series? Click on the links to first read Writing Past and Present
So I’ve mentioned that I’ve been working on a book and this blog, and that I’m open to freelance writing. What I didn’t tell you is that I’ve also been training to be a copywriter! I’m absolutely loving the challenge and learning I’m experiencing from this unexpected new direction. I’m planning to “launch” my new business this spring so stay tuned!
When I say I’m working on a book, I actually mean, I was working on a book, but that has taken a backseat to life, work and lately, an opportunity to learn how to earn some income from writing. This surprise investment adventure appeared suddenly, but has been exciting!
You see, last year found me constantly juggling what I wanted to do with what I realistically had time for… not to mention, houses are expensive! While I hoped writing would eventually earn me some side money, it was a hobby, limited to non-work time.
It was that classic scenario – I’ll never make money at this if I don’t put some time in, but how can I put time in unless I have some unavailable?
Then I stumbled on American Writers and Illustrators Inc. More specifically, their Accelerated Program for Six Figure Copywriting. It sounded too good to be true, but I decided to dive in, re-arranging priorities a bit so that I could start the self-paced program with some regularity. My goal is to earn some side money, working within limited hours, so I have time to do other things – like finish my book!
Between life and the holidays, I’ve finally settled into a realistic rhythm for myself with this Copywriting program. Now, three months in, I’m about halfway through the 90-day program. The learning curve has been steep, but fascinating. I’m been more and more impressed with AWAI and gaining clarity about what “the writer’s life” looks like for me. (If you’re interested, check out their free webinars. This one is a good introduction to the copywriting world.)
The awesome thing about blogging is you can schedule your posts in advance, so as long as I stay ahead, I don’t have to write as often as I post. I’m surprised at how much Bonnejourney has taught me though – from voice to technology – and I plan to continue with it. Still, it is primarily something I enjoy, something I fit in after work, not something practical in terms of income.
Lately, all of these writing pieces seem to be coming together… writing of the past, present and future are blurring a bit. I’m still working out the details, but I SO APPRECIATE the opportunity to share this journey with you. Enjoy today!