There’s no one on your website.
I mean…sure, there’s eleven that hop on when you post something on social media. It’s a mix of those three reliable people that click on your links but never interact with, and pity support from friends and family.
But you hate social media with a burning passion, and you don’t want to spend any more time on it than you have to.
It’s fake, forced, and every time you try, you think you sound stupid.
Believe me, I get it. It’s the absolute worst.
Yet, you need it. That’s how you get your writing…
We love labels.
We categorize and file away and put things into their little boxes.
It’s in our nature.
It can be a dividing thing, a hurtful and harmful thing at times, but it can also help us keep things nice and organized in our minds.
Have you ever taken a personality test? You were trying to put yourself into a box. You wanted to give yourself more labels.
The problem crops up when you realize that people are a little more complicated than that. Sure, you might find some things that ring true. …
The internet is a double-edged sword.
On the one hand, it’s easier than ever to sell something, talk about something, draw something, or write that wildly inappropriate Star Wars fanfiction and get it out to the world.
On the other hand, everyone is doing the same thing.
How many friends do you know that are starting a podcast? Or a blog? Or selling CBD facial cream and haven’t talked to you since high school until now all of a sudden?
Building an online platform is like trying to shout underwater, and that water is the ocean, and in the ocean…
When are you allowed to call yourself a writer?
There’s a simple answer.
And I’m sure you’ll roll your eyes.
But it’s also true…so, hopefully, it gives you some hope.
Do you write?
Then you’re a writer.
Cool, article done. Imposter Syndrome conquered, right?
Ok, there’s more to it than that, I get it.
Here’s the thing about Imposter Syndrome: it comes from within.
No one is forcing it on you. No one is telling you that you aren’t a writer more than you’re telling that to yourself. …
The term “copywriting” is a deceitful bastard.
No, you don’t protect the use of famous cartoon mice — different kind of copyright.
Or figure out how much a trampoline is going to ding the Jones’ insurance. That’s underwriting.
Plus, copywriting is sooo much more than writing.
Which brings us to our very scientific question of the day:
What the hell is copywriting?
I’ve already talked about how it needs to be a part of your online platform–specifically your writing platform. But copywriting is for anyone trying to get their creativity out there, or knowledge, or product.
So, yeah, we should…
No one cares about you.
Ok, wow–let me walk that back. Harsh.
No one cares about you…as a person.
Nope, no…that’s not helping at all.
Let’s backtrack here.
You’ve stumbled upon this post because you’re a writer. This is Medium, so that doesn’t really narrow it down.
But specifically, you–
1. want to
2. are in the middle of
3. have just finished,
–writing a book.
How do you go from a nobody, writing between sleep and your day job, to someone fielding questions on whether Balrogs have wings?
If you were a fantasy author like J.R.R. Tolkien, that is.
One of my favorite things the internet does at the end of the year is bitch about that year. “Let the moon from Majora’s Mask crash into the Earth because that’s how 2017 should end!” Can a year be that terrible across the board? Someone had a good year somewhere, right?
That being said, yeah, 2017 kinda sucked. I’ll stay away from diving down the political landscape sinkhole that is 2017, and stick more to personal things.
I moved to Tennessee. Luckily, the reason I did is going really well. I get to have a normal relationship with my girlfriend…
I made a promise last week to talk way too much about the insane amount of Star Wars coming our way, and dammit I’m going to follow through. Be sure to check out my last article about all the possible directions (okay not every single possibility, just a few, not even close to the number of directions that are possible, really) that the Star Wars franchise could go.
Buckle up folks, it’s gonna be a long one.
One of the for sure things taking place is a Star Wars TV show that would release on Disney’s own streaming service, where…
It’s time to bust out your power converters and find the keys to the X-Wing because we have a lot of Star Wars coming our way. Considering TV shows are confirmed, a new trilogy outside of the saga episodes is a thing that’s happening, and God only knows how many stand-alone movies will happen, you can bet the next decade or two will be dominated by deadly glow sticks.
Creating a brand is weird as hell, especially for personal projects. Making an image for yourself to place into the world, representing your writing, photography, paintings, electronic haikus, whatever the art may be, is a story within the story of your creativity.
You pour yourself into your art, have your own reaction to your work, then you have your offering to the public eye, the voice you carry as you do that, your reaction to an audience’s reaction, and the journey to find the best way to continue that interaction. …