Question: Why writing is important to your business success, and how Damn Fine Words could be the game-changer you need?
I take five hours to complete the first draft of a 1000 word post.
I itch to walk away from my laptop every ten minutes.
I get excited by a new project, but don’t have the gumption to see it through.
I am extremely passionate about words, but my heart plummets every time I sit down to write.
I am horrible at generating ideas.
I am afraid of receiving less-than-stellar feedbacks.
I am panic-stricken at the thought of failing.
I possess the intention to succeed, but lack the willpower to fulfill my dreams.
I get stuck in the planning mode or research phase.
I am envious of writers who wax rhapsodic about their ‘state of flow’.
I act less and react more.
I promise to write every morning, only to be distracted by my ever-filling Inbox.
I engage in constant comparisons and always fall short.
I am always frustrated, dejected and scared.
I think about quitting every single day.
Why are these issues problematic? Because I am a full-time freelance writer.
The success of my business is directly dependent upon my ability to write fast, write more, and write better. If I have to position myself as a confident writer who can produce clear, compelling and creative prose, I need help – and fast.
I need a mentor who cares about the success of aspiring writers, entrepreneurs and freelancers. I need a mentor who can whip my butt into action with a smile. I need a mentor who gives a damn.
The Damn Fine Writers course promises to teach us a ‘wash, rinse, repeat’ system that will help me achieve a lot more with a lot less stress. And I am extremely ‘teachable.’ Deadlines, assignments and instructions inspire me more than some elusive muse who never shows up. A structured outlet of expression rouses me to show up every day and happily do the work to grow as a professional writer.
I have waited too long to accept my writing dreams. Now that I have made my choice, I don’t want to wait for the ‘right time’ to accelerate my career.
The time is NOW. I am ready.
A Dream That Was Squashed for Too Long
I have been a logophile all my life. As a child, I spent every second of my free time devouring books, pulling all-nighters to read my favorite Agatha Christie or Sidney Sheldon thrillers for the fifth time.
But I never wrote.
I didn’t have a journal. I didn’t outline stories. I didn’t even express my desire to write.
My culture did not explicitly encourage writing as a career. And I didn’t have the courage to break the rules and follow my dreams.
So I remained content acing class assignments and penning horrible poems that only my mom loved.
In 2014, at age 32, after reading Jeff Goins’ “You ARE a Writer” on a turbulent flight, I got back home and scribbled the words, “I am a writer” on every available surface. It took me another month to acquire the courage to mouth four words for the first time in my life: “I am a writer.”
Now, why did I narrate my backstory?
As a woman in her mid-thirties, I am paralyzed by a palpable fear that it is too late for me to become a reputable writer. I condemn myself every day for not starting sooner. I spend more time wallowing in self-pity than playing with words, which saps my enthusiasm.
I am tired of belittling my dreams.
I am tired of being afraid.
I am tired of postponing my pet projects.
I am tired of wasting time.
I am tired of being tired.
How Could Damn Fine Words Change My Life?
Sometimes, I wonder what would happen if I dropped my excuses, befriended my fears and chained myself to the chair. I dream about being efficient, effective and energetic. I have visions of being a respected feature story writer with some magazine or startup.
Then I look at the mocking cursor that blinks at my stupidity and snap back to reality. It reminds me that despite my passion for writing, I lose my excitement at the first hint of an obstacle. Then I begin to doubt my skills. This negativity feeds on itself until I am swallowed by disgust and depression.
How can I ever hope to succeed if I am not strong enough to move beyond my obstacles?
Damn Fine Words will equip me with the practical know-how and self-assurance to achieve my goals. Instead of languishing in my dream-world, I will acquire the support to DO what needs to be done in order to bring my dreams to fruition. I will have a much higher chance of quickly becoming a positive, expressive and (thrice as) productive writer who crafts engaging words that are loved and shared.
Damn Fine Words will also rejuvenate my freelancing career. Working on the coursework will give me the courage to position myself as a worthy writer who strives to exceed a client’s expectations – every time. I will pitch more often and stop taking rejections personally. I will no longer shortchange my talent, confident that I can back up my price with quality work. Consequently, I will start enjoying a profitable business in a career of my choice.
In all, Damn Fine Words will mold me into a more efficient writer – faster. Being supported by an engaging community will spur me to become an organized, reliable, delightful and spirited writer who relishes writing for her own audience and enriches the brand image of her clients.
All Is Not Lost
Despite my grimness, I am not just sitting around and doing nothing. From the moment I owned my destiny as a writer, in February 2014, I have written almost every day. I began freelancing in earnest around eight months ago, during which I have helped a variety of clients with their blogging and transcription needs. I am in love with the diversity of freelancing. I wake up looking forward to researching and writing my next assignment.
Even the gloomiest days don’t have the power to prevent me from getting back in front of my computer. I wait for my tears to dry and then resume my work, trusting that my passion will lead the way.
My greatest strength is that I don’t give up – I will continue to persist, even if the mean side of my mind never stops preordaining my failure. I don’t know what else to do but write. I don’t want to do anything else but write. So write I will – every day.
Damn Fine Words will turbocharge my career. But even if I don’t win this contest, I will continue placing one foot forward