I have a confession.
It’s true, I love the entire process of writing.
The way it feels when the muse makes your light-bulb shine.
How it feels to edit your writing until it slightly resembles the glorious story or article you had in your mind.
I even love the submission process, waiting to see if your polished piece was accepted.
But, lately, I’ve been anxious. I’ve wanted to jump out of my skin and yell because of one thing.
Something we all need.
I want my words to have an impact. To be noticed. To have success.
And not tomorrow. Today.
I don’t want my words to be invisible anymore.
Writing is Freaking Hard
I admit it, writing is not easy.
“Writing isn’t hard. All you have to do is sit at your typewriter and bleed.”
We bleed for our work. We pour out our essence, pieces of our subconscious and personality onto the page or screen in hopes of changing lives. And then almost no one see’s it. Because here’s the thing, the internet is filled with amazing content.
Like Tom Kuegler
Like Shaunta Grimes
And it’s hard to get noticed.
It makes me feel like Kate Winslet in Titanic.
“All the while I feel I am standing in the middle of a crowded room, screaming at the top of my lungs and no one even looks up.”
I don’t want to scream or shed tears. I just want to be heard.
A Dose of Honesty
I am not what other writers, or even people, in general, consider successful.
This whole blogging thing is something I’ve been doing for over two years now, and I have less than 1000 subscribers.
The stats on my WordPress dashboard look like broken teeth, some missing altogether.
Is that ok?
I know that’s not what I am supposed to say, but it’s not.
Like you, I want to succeed.
To have an article that goes viral and touches the hearts of thousands, inspiring them to read more and join me in my writing journey.
I dream of being able to write and sell books.
Is that bad? Does it mean I am not an artist?
“Real Artists Don’t Starve.”
Creating is awesome, so let’s get it noticed.
Don’t Be Invisible
We’re always learning, right?
My site was started by searching through Google and by accidentally hitting the launch button.
I do not recommend this way.
But in my Google searches, I found some ways to help grow your blog. To get your words noticed.
And I can’t wait to use them with you.
Before you can touch the hearts of millions, before you can finish your first novel or article, you need to make a choice.
You need to decide if you want to succeed or not.
People are afraid of rejection. That’s natural, but success can be frightening, too. You have a platform of people watching you. Are you ready to lead them in the right direction?
What if you lead them in the wrong one?
Are you prepared?
2. Be Generous
If you want to receive, you need to give.
Give all you have. Once you start writing write the best you can, don’t save it for later.
Give your readers a freebie they actually want. Something that is quick to learn from, because they want to learn like people from the movie The Matrix do, with a simple download into our brain.
And, after a while, you will see happy karma returning to you. Shares of your work, more people reading — your work getting noticed.
Never stop learning.
If you want to be great, you need to learn the ways of the masters.
A few amazing courses to help you on your way:
-All of which only open a couple times a year, but are worth it.
And a few sites to learn from:
4. Find Your Tribe
When you think of a writer, you probably see him or her writing a desk. Alone.
But writers thrive when they are around other writers. Once you find your tribe of writers you can do everything listed here. You become visible without spamming or sleazy promotion.
Keep to your personality.
You can find your tribe in the real world in writers’ groups, at Starbucks while you’re typing away. Or online on Social media.
And my favorite, Facebook groups.
I even created one for writing moms like me. (Click here now to join.)
I have made friends who I talk with every day this way. And we all help each other.
But the best thing you can do to get noticed is to write. Write as much as you can as fast as you can.
And edit well.
Publish and submit consistently.
“Knock and the door will be opened to you.” -Mathew 7:7
People will notice your name and work popping up on their screens. Soon enough they’ll start to click their mouse your way.
The path to getting your writing noticed can make you want to sob and scream.
But it can be done.
If you choose success, learn all you can, are generous and find your writing tribe, you don’t need to be invisible anymore.
You won’t need to feel like Rose wanting to scream for attention in Titanic. Someone will look up to the sound of your voice.
And someday, my words may touch hearts.
Maybe even yours?