A writing path of 10,000 hours begins with the first step

blogger-writerMy writing path began with the first word that I jotted down in a shiny new Five Year Diary, the treasured Christmas present of a young girl learning English. And like the journey of a thousand miles described by Lao-tzu, this expedition begins again, and again, with each new step.

In 2008, I resolved to write, but it wasn’t until two years later that I took the first concrete step to do something with my writing besides filling journals. As 2010 rolled around, I resolved to get published and signed up for Christina Katz’ Writing and Publishing the Short Stuff class.

Malcolm Gladwell tells us that we must put in 10,000 hours to master any endeavor, but as much as you may improve as a writer through sheer perseverance, at some point focus is necessary to achieve results.

It wasn’t until I worked through Christina Katz’ Discover Your Specialty & Launch Your Platform, that I learned how to focus my creative energies into one niche – my writer’s platform. In doing so, I discovered that by concentrating on one specialty, I could achieve a level of mastery that would be recognized and rewarded.

Today, I’m thrilled to be the founding editor of a top-ranked family travel blog, a travel writer at Being Latino Online Magazine, and a published freelance journalist.

For me, it was the combination of online education and real world networking that resulted in my first taste of publishing success. Here are the online writing classes and real world conferences that have helped me get to the next step.

Online Writing Classes

Conferences and Workshops

  • Bloggy Boot CampBlogging and Social Media Conferences for Women
  • Type A ParentOnline hub for digital moms and dads.
  • BlogHerThousands of women from around the world come to discuss, inspire and connect with each other.
  • TBEXTravel Blog Exchange.
  • BlogWorld – Industry wide conference, trade show, and media event for all new media.
  • Social Media One Night StandAn Advanced Workshop for Journalists, Bloggers & Media Professionals at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

Upcoming New Conferences

  • ASJA – American Society of Journalists and Authors, the professional association of independent nonfiction writers.
  • SATW Editor’s Council – Society of American Travel Writers.

Questions? I’m leading a discussion on how to find a niche in The SITS Girls Discussion Forum. We’ll take it step by step, as I show you how to leverage a niche platform into a freelance writing career. Join us!

Sandra Foyt

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