Becoming a writer is hard. Statistically, it’s just as difficult as becoming an Olympic athlete or a professional musician.
Yet as writers, we tend to believe that that anyone can do it and all it takes is a laptop. Even worse, we believe that we can do it all on our own.
I’ve never heard of an Olympic athlete without a coach. The same is true of successful writers—they usually have professional support.
I know this is contrary to most of the writing and publishing advice you hear online. There’s a lot of money to be made by telling everyone “you can do it” and “just go for it.” It’s much easier to develop a big following that way!
But it’s just not true.
Are there exceptions? Sure. But I can tell you, after having worked with hundreds of authors, that the ones who tend to reach their goals are the ones that seek out guidance, training, and professional support.
That’s why I’m committed to helping you find that support, rather than puffing you up with empty encouragement. I’ve dedicated my life to building training and development mechanisms that help writers reach their goals.
I have two of those opportunities to tell you about right now. If you’re serious about becoming a professional writer, don’t pass this by.
Training Program for Christian Writers
First, the School of Kingdom Writers full-time training program is now enrolling for this fall. If you’re serious about reaching Americans with your work, this is the best and fastest path to develop the skills, audience, and spiritual depth to do it well. To be sure, it’s a huge commitment and not to be entered into lightly. But we are enrolling writers just like you. There are only two qualifications to apply: you love Jesus and you’re serious about writing.
Check it out here: SOKW.org/students Before you decide it’s not for you, imagine yourself ten years from now. Truth bomb: this is the kind of commitment it takes to reach your goals. Will your ten-year older self be glad you made this investment in yourself?
You’re welcome to contact me personally with any questions about the program.
Open Writers Workshop for Christian Writers
Second, peer critique is one of the most valuable assets to any aspiring writer. Nothing will improve your work faster than getting feedback from real readers in a supportive, constructive environment.
I launched workshops for the Ohio Writers’ Association over a decade ago. They changed my life and the lives of so many others.
I’m super excited to launch public workshops through the Kingdom Writers Guild, beginning April 5. These are free and open to the public. Writers of all skill levels are encouraged to join us. That means you’re invited!
We’ll hold them the first Tuesday evening of each month via Zoom, so you can join from anywhere. Get all of the details here, and put it on your calendar.
If you’re not yet a member of the Kingdom Writers’ Guild, you can join for free here.
Becoming a professional writer requires support. The internet advice that tells you that you just need to go for it and want it badly enough is wrong. Writing is a skill, and you’ll learn it fastest with help from others.
Take advantage of these opportunities to get real support on your journey.
Bonus opportunity: The Kingdom Writers Guild is also offering a free contest. Top prize is $100. Check it out and enter your story. Deadline is June 1. Check it out here.
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