The Secrets To Being A Successful Writer Without Crushing Your Soul
Make your words count
We’ve all read the posts about morning routines, productivity hacks and success rituals. The issue is these things have little meaning for us unless we decide they have meaning.
In fact, we can read and read, listen and listen, and watch and watch but unless the message speaks to our heart, we do not change.
In fact, in many cases, we find ourselves rebelling at the ideas presented to us.
Almost as if the person describing how to get ahead really knew our hearts and was writing directly to us.
The thing is; the journey from message acceptance to life changing action is different for each of us. Articles contain nuggets of golden goodness, but we are each the final arbiters of how good that gold really is for us.
Successful writers know some secrets. Here are some of those.
Secret 1: Your definition of success is the only one that matters.
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. — Swami Sivananda
Many people are interested in becoming wealthy through their writing. Some want to share their ideas and change the world and still others are looking for the peace that comes from setting their words free to live out their days in a private journal.
Each of these ideas or any other is valid as long as it is what you want.
The guarantee is that you will never be a successful writer if you don’t have a definition of success.
It doesn’t matter if you are interested in being a content marketer or NYT best-selling author, if you don’t first decide on your definition of success, you will never reach it.
The only definition of success that counts is the one you have carved upon your heart. If you have no carving there, it will be impossible for you to figure out if you are successful.
Decide on your dream first, and then make the plans to get there. There are plenty of road maps available to base your own on; just be sure you are following yours.
Secret 2: Your unique writing voice reveals your innermost thoughts.
Trusting your individual uniqueness challenges you to lay yourself open.
When you write, you can’t hide who you really are. If you’re writing novels or creating content for airplane magalogs, your word choice and writing style will reveal lots about how you think.
This is a good thing.
When you write and publish so that others can read what you’ve created, your heart is laid open for all to view.
This is the assumption every one of your readers makes when they read your work. They think the words on the page represent who you are. That’s why it’s vital for your writing to flow. Flowing one idea into the next is like having a conversation. Each reader is nodding their head up and down in understanding or punching the empty air in disagreement.
Readers assume when they begin reading that you know what you’re talking about and that they will understand how you think when they’re done reading.
Warning: When you write a piece that switches gears in the middle, readers become confused and when they’re done (if they finish) they are left unsatisfied.
Not unsatisfied in the way that makes them want more of your writing, or even unsatisfied in the way that they bang their fists on the desk screaming their disagreement with your idea, but in the way that they scratch their heads and say to themselves, “Hmmpf, I wonder what the point of that was?”
When it’s that third choice, they still think they know who you are, they just don’t care anymore.
Secret 3: You and your readers have a relationship
Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s: Stephen King
If the only person who reads your writing is you because you are writing in a private journal, you are setting out to understand how you are in the world. You have control over all the parts of that relationship. This is honest important work.
If anyone else reads what you write, all bets are off, and the relationship you wind up with is going to grow and change based on input from both parties.
Once you write and then publish that writing for others to read, you release control over what you “really meant” when you wrote.
You have no control over what people are going to think of your writing, formatting, number of words, or any other idea.
All you can do is the best you can do and send your words out to make their own way in the world.
Read what you’ve written before you publish. Depending on what software program you use to write, you might get some error markings. Fix those as best you can.
Be sure your ideas are understandable within your piece.
If understanding your writing depends on the reader finding external context, the possibility for misunderstanding increases exponentially.
Each piece you publish must stand on its own merits. The ideas and the words that represent those ideas must be understandable without the need to reference any other piece of writing.
The relationship with your reader exists in the present moment. Not in the past, not in the future, but in this present moment. It’s perfect, it’s unique and it’s all that’s needed.
These secrets aren’t arcane. They are in plain view of anyone who wants to see them. When you decide to use these, your ideas will change.
When you implement them, your writing will change.
Accept the idea the idea that you are sharing your ideas with people who are interested in hearing them When you do, your life will change.
You have ideas, you have a unique voice, and you have the means to share those. Write, publish and set your idea free. That is the magic formula to being a successful writer who keeps their soul intact to write again another day.
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