This year, one of my goals is to write for pay.
Wham! There. I just told you.
And if you’re a writer and you’re yet to take your writing beyond practice, you’re sitting ducks.
What’d you plan for when you started out writing?
•To get your message heard.
•To find your tribe.
•To write for money.
•To get accolades (mind you, real writers don’t write for this).
•To increase your income.
•To attract a publisher’s attention.
These won’t happen, not unless you’ve quit writing for practice. Practice, especially ‘assauge-the-conscience’ practice, while it helps you get better at writing, stifles your ability to write for real.
- Writing for real
Here’s what writing for real really means:
•It means you’re getting your works outside the box and shipping
•It means you’ll been practicing with a deadline
•It means you’ll begin building your portfolio asap
•It means you’ll start writing for passion, and not really for results
•It means you’ll start pitching your pieces, and quit wishing clients will find you
•It means you’ll begin seriously to build a solid platform
•It means you’ll take guest-posting seriously
•It means you’ll start somewhere small to write the book you’ve always said you would
•It means you’ll start building relationships with people in your network
•It means you’ll stop waiting to be heard and step out to work
•It means you’ll quit screwing around and follow these tips
- How to land a book deal
Writing is all about showing up, I know. But it’s more about the message you’ve got, the audience who’s interested in the message, and how to get it to them. If these processes aren’t followed in their order, what makes you think you’ll join the ‘pros’ soon?Duh!
Shipping is what gets your work to the audience. It’s the same thing that gets the audience to come to you. (Tweet)
We all want the big break (like, I envisage it too). But here is the truth: it’s passion for the craft that spills into ‘big break’. It’s best, while the testing day stays off, that we begin taking seriously the art we’ve decided to embrace.
Art is work. It can be effortless. And so promising.
In lieu of being disillusioned and frustrated, stop practicing. Write what you know and share it. That’s all there is to get you started with making the life you’ve always wanted as a writer.
And that’s how you get the book deal. More still:
•That’s how you meet the clients
•That’s how you write for pay
•That’s how you build relationships
•That’s how you create network
When you’re found to be out there, doing your thing and building on it. Making your own mistakes, no doubt. But getting back up and demanding more feedbacks that get you on your butts and improved to get better at the craft, and capturing a wider audience’s attention, you’re getting close.
Getting better at writing is good. Writing effortlessly is better.
But sharing your works stand out the best.
- Fail…Then Succeed
Writers who are afraid of failure just do not know the truth already: you’re failing by not letting your message get across to the audience who needs it.
It’s what you make of the hitches, how you handle the steps, and learn to skip through mistakes, that fetch you your life dream.
Here’s the basic truth: I suck at marketing my blog. But I do it anyway. I’d rather spend more time writing, but I know I’m just going to have two readers on my blog soon (my spouse and I. My dog, maybe) if I do not market. If my writing, then, isn’t for practice, I’ve got to think of shipping – marketing my works – as the next work.
And you have to too.
- A Reminder
•Stop practicing. Write deliberately.
•Write what you know and share it.
•Get feedbacks and build up through them. Do the work to get the thrills you want from writing.
*Photo Credit: Charlie Glickman
How are you living outside the box? What’s your method for making writing real? Share your comments below.
Hi. I’m Yusuff Busayo, a Writer, Book-craze, Speaker (among other stuffs). I inspire people to Write, Create and Make Impact. Check out my about page for details about this blog. Or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+.
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