I Am a Writer

Reprinted from a 2013 blog post.


This is a cover my daughter and I
designed for a competition we
didn't win.
Yesterday I brushed by this blog, read the stats and clicked on to my next blog, checked its stats and moved on.  I had nothing new to write.  I was empty. There was zip, nada, nil, zero.  As the day wore on I wondered how I could possibly be a writer and be word-dry.

As dawn broke this morning(well, dawn didn't exactly break--it was rainy and dark), I headed to the computer with my coffee.  "Oh," I said to myself, "Today will be a good writing day.  It's always good to write in the rain because there is no temptation to play in the sun instead."


So I zipped past my blogs again, hoping to fill them with something to keep them optimized, but nothing profound came.


Instead of doing any actual writing today I fell back on the old R&R, Read and Research.  Mid-afternoon I stumbled upon some interesting free downloads and in them was the concept I'm about to explain.  The reason I've chosen to add them here is because half an hour ago the same concept came across my path.


When a concept crosses my path twice in short stead, especially by two distinct individuals who, as far as I know, aren't connected I pay attention.


THE CONCEPT


The first writer shared that if you make vague "I want" type goals, you merely attract more of the same.  You attract a re-occurring want.  For instance if you state, “I want to be a competitive jockey,” your time and energy will result in that outcome--the wanting to be a jockey.


Instead, you should say, "I am a jockey and will compete competitively in 2014." Then you will take steps to actually fulfill the goal."

  
Tonight I decided to re-read a free download called You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One), by Jeff Goins http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007YJEIAS?tag=kiq-free-e-20.  In this little ebook, Goins suggests a person needs to believe they are what they want to be, and then start acting like it.    

That kind of goes with something I discussed with my diet coach too.  I suggested to her I do some visualization seeing myself as thin and seeing the scale reporting a lower number.


So the concept is this:  If you want to be a thin, healthy person, say, "I'm a thin and healthy person."


If you want to be a writer, say, "I'm a writer."


Don't wait for someone to validate the idea.  Don't keep putting it in the future.  Accept your calling now.


Creating Your Online Platform

The professionals will tell you that to sell your writing you need a platform or following. That is always helpful. 

But many writers are introverts who love story telling about fictional characters or non-fiction writing about something they feel compelled about. They don't want to go out an meet people. Using online tools will be helpful for them.

Love of Writing

Getting your writing out there feels therapeutic. Most of us are willing to write for free in formats such as this one. Having access to a world-wide audience through the Internet makes the process feel even more powerful. 

Finding Your Niche 

The question becomes: How do you find your target audience? How do you build a following? Who will you ultimately sell to?

I suggest you don't make your focus your church members. I mean don't self-publish a book and try to sell it to your friends. I suggest you don't just write and put it on Amazon hoping it sells either. (Although I've done this too,.

There are probably a number of ways you can gain a following or connect online that I don't have in my arsenal, but I can tell you what I have done. 

When I became a life coach, blogging was becoming popular. I started a blog just to see what would happen. When I received feedback, I was amazed, and a little scared. Someone WAS reading my posts!

Nevertheless, I continued adding posts until I saw a direction forming. Analytics were everything. I could see what someone had put into their search bar to find me, so I saw areas of greatest interest forming. 

It was seeing those statistics that I decided I could write a book putting most of what was in my blog posts into it. I did, and my books continue to sell almost one a week. Somehow, I'd reached an audience. 

If you want to work yourself into a niche, you might want to do something similar. Try blogging as a starting point. 

Social Media

I admit, I still haven't defined what I want my social media to do for me. I know I want it for social interaction--being an introverted writer. 

I DO have my friends divided up into lists. When I post to Facebook, for instance, I decide who I want the audience to be for that specific post. 

A temptation on Facebook is to gather friends as a way of finding buyers. I don't like that at all. I have had friend requests from those who have just published a book. I have never had conversation with some of these people. I know they only want to friend me to try to sell me their book. The same goes for products. What a turnoff. 

Marketing in social media from my standpoint is always relational. If you're never going to visit my post and comment, why do I need you as a friend? I will read your posts and comment in most cases, but your posts had better be about more than what YOU'RE DOING and selling. Relationships are important in any type of sales. 

Well, a writer gets to spew his or her feelings in a blog and that's what's come out today. Hope something in this post is helpful. 

Best wishes in your writing endeavours.