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When I quit my job in April the only thing I knew for sure was that this was the best chance I was going to have at finally becoming a writer. While I was certainly willing, I didn’t have a clue about what I might write. Every ounce of creativity had been sucked out of my brain.
Now seven months later I am sharing my three baby steps to finally becoming a writer with you:
- Learn something new – When there is no creative juice left in your tank, learn something new. In this day and age, there is nothing stopping you from learning new things. Google it and get started. Udemy is an awesome resource – I have taken a number of their online classes – Snapseed for iPhone photo editing, Web Development, Master Photography to name a few. Once you take a class with them you will receive notices of when they are offering their classes for just $10.00 each…this is a great deal! I have also taken and recommend, BestSeller in a Weekend and Daniela Uslan’s Have your Cupcake blogging classes.
- Find your people – Go to a conference, join or start a Meetup group, seek out Facebook groups in your areas of interest. Network with others as much as possible so you know you are not alone in your endeavors. This is the perfect time to search out 2016 conferences that will be of help to you, get them on your calendar!
- And most importantly, just do it…write everyday. Whether it be journaling, in a blog or by starting that novel, just do it a bit everyday. This website is a great tool to get you started, 750 Words. If you do nothing else, at least start here!
Pretty simple right? Here is a bit more on what my path has looked like.
I read and reread Blogging for Dummies cover to cover. It provided me good basics to get started and I was very proud I actually managed it all myself.
My next step…learning how to write that book. There are a lot of online resources but after reading reviews, I finally settled on Alicia Dunams’ Best Seller in A Weekend online workshop. Alicia Dunams is an awesome and intense coach. Her class gives you so much insight into how to write, publish and promote your own book. Just the info she provides on what goes into getting a book on Amazon is worth it. It’s fascinating how much publishing has changed and evolved.
This particular class is her formula for writing a non fiction book, but she has other classes available on writing fiction, creating audio books, book proposals to name a few. I still didn’t know what kind of a book I wanted to write when I signed up for this class but went for it anyway.
One of the most helpful things about taking her class is being able to join her closed Facebook group, providing you access to others also following their book writing dreams. It is very encouraging to see others going through the same process as you. This is also a great way to link up with other people in complimentary niches that you can go to for feedback, advice, cross marketing. It is a really great networking opportunity.
I did find out through this weekend class, that I wasn’t as far along in my thought process as I needed to be to knock this book out, according to her formula, just yet. There were many others that did, however, during my weekend, including Norma Burnson. She has written a couple now on food sustainability since we took this class. All in all, the resources and help made available here are worth the price of the class.
Since I didn’t have my idea fully formed for a book just yet, I decided focusing on my blog was going to be key for me. It would allow me the opportunity to write regularly, dig deeper on things of importance to me, and help me define subject matter for the future.
I realized I had outgrown my Blogging for Dummies book and needed more. I was fortunate to be able to attend a blogging conference, Blog Elevated in Dallas, Texas this past September.
A number of my friends didn’t even know that blogging conferences were a “thing”. They understood the basic concept of writing a blog but why would it need a conference of it’s own? Well, there are more than 150 million blogs out there in the world today. Blogging can be fun, cathartic and if done right, can be a way to earn a viable income. Turns out I could use all three of those.
I learned so much, (like all the things I was doing wrong!) and met a number of awesome people while there. Here are a few that have been great resources for me:
- Crystal and Kelli both write their own successful blogs and partner on teaching others to blog as well. Their videos at Learn to Blog Hangouts have been a huge help. I check their site at least once a week to find answers to my latest questions.
- Kirsten Oliphant writer, blogger, mother of four, very funny and real, with so much positive energy flowing out of her…she is my goal! Super talented and always looking for ways to create tools and processes to help folks like me.
- Becky and Paula…another couple of individual bloggers that have become a dynamic duo. They spoke about how you can monetize your blog, and since both are currently earning six figures with their respective blogs, they were very well received as you might imagine. They just came out with their latest book, written together, Work From Home Blogging: How to start a successful blog before your coffee gets cold. Click here to visit Blogging on the Side.
I love the idea of eventually writing a book to help and encourage women. Who knows, maybe I will write a trashy summer time read instead…or maybe it will be a cookbook. I still don’t really have a clue, but I am loving every minute of spending time doing what I know I was meant to do by becoming a writer!
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