WRITING FOR WRITERS
Working every single day to reach your dream.
I have recently been flooded with the motivation and inspiration to write, post and promote my work.
My dream has always been to be a writer, since I was in school. I studied Journalism because I wanted to write for the New York Times. That hasn’t happened (yet) but I am now focusing on simply writing and putting my work out there and over the past few days I’ve come to realise that no one is going to care more about my writing than I do.
No one is going to be a bigger fan of my work than I am or rather than I should be but as a writer that is difficult because we are generally extremely critical of our own work.
Even if only one person reads what I write and somehow feels some sort of emotion by my work, then I have done my duty as a writer and it brings such joy to me when I know I have done something for someone through a piece that I have put my heart and soul into.
So, by that realisation, I have also come to the conclusion that I need to use the resources I have in order to promote my own work because in the end, if I don’t do it and if I don’t push for it to go somewhere, no one else will.
I want to share a few tips on what I think will help if you are just starting out with you writing or if you have renewed motivation to get your work out there.
1. USE ALL AVAILABLE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS.
Use Facebook and create a page, post your links on Twitter, share your work on Instagram and Whatsapp. Use the resources that you have. Any exposure is good exposure.
2. BE CONSISTENT IN YOUR WRITING
Try to write every day and if you can’t write everyday, at least aim for every week. You need to write in order to be a writer. You need to write often in order to become a better writer.
3. ATTEND WRITING/ BOOK EVENTS
In order to learn more about becoming a better writer, you need to expose yourself to the world of writing. Go to book launches and poetry readings. You never know what treasures you might find.
4. CONNECT WITH OTHER WRITERS
Find out what makes other writers tick, speak to them about their work and find out about who they are and where they draw inspiration from. The internet is a wonderful place. Subscribe to mailing lists and blogging platforms.
5. CONNECT WITH YOUR READERS.
Readers love it when authors answer their questions or respond to their compliments and well-wishes. Your readers will always remain loyal to you if you just find time to acknowledge them. They are after all the people that you write for. Don’t ignore the people who support you.
6. DO RESEARCH ON BOOKS AND AUTHORS.
There is nothing better than finding a new author or new book that just speaks to your soul. Read up on different authors from different genres. You’ll be surprised to see where your inspiration comes from.
7. KEEP TRACK OF ALL YOUR WRITING PLATFORMS.
It can be difficult to manage yourself at times but if you have to do it, do it diligently. I have recently found my old WordPress Blog that I stopped writing on when I found Medium. I was pretty young when I was blogging on WordPress but many of the things I wrote could be changed and reinvented. (See next point)
8. CONTINUE TO REINVENT YOURSELF.
It is okay to reinvent old posts and to edit old posts but don’t steal another writers work. That is just wrong. Reinvent yourself by trying different styles of writing and different genres. See what works for you and see what your readers react to.
9. DON’T BE LAZY.
You will have to put in the work if you want to succeed in life and that counts for anything. Writing can seem redundant at times and there will be days where you use the excuse of “writer’s block” but I can assure you that no amount of excuses will get you exposure and no amount of “writer’s block” will get you published. Just make time every single day to write, even if you just write a paragraph. Eventually it will become such an integral part of your life that will never be able to go a day without writing.
10. READ! READ! READ!
I have this one quote on my Facebook page that says,
“ Reading and writing cannot be separated. Reading is breathing in; writing is breathing out”
I 100% agree with that. You cannot separate the two and if you aren’t doing the former, you cannot do the latter.
11. HAVE FUN!
Enjoy what you do, if you aren’t enjoying at least a small part of it, you shouldn’t be doing it.