Showing posts with label platform building. Show all posts
Showing posts with label platform building. Show all posts

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The Secret That Can Help You Achieve More With Your Writing

Do you ever wonder why some writers manage to execute their word count consistently, learn new technologies and publishing procedures, get their work to market, and build network contacts all in the same hours per day as the rest of us?
Their secret is now yours.
High achievers in every field use a strategy, whether conciously or unconciously, known as speed of implementation.

Here are 5 ways to use it to your advantage:

1. When you learn something new, use it right away. 

Have you ever been in a workshop or read or watched something that was genius and you thought "that would help me" but then you put it away, got distracted, and when it occured to you later to use it, you had to go looking for it and review the process? Research shows that when we use knowledge right away, we retain it better, and will find more opportunities to use it in the future, both cementing our competance and confidence. When you learn, put that time invested to use. Think of the multiple applications it can have and try it -- no perfection necessary. You can always polish up something you've done, but if you wait to execute because you worry you won't have enough time to get it perfect; you'll likely be doing the reverse. Waiting means using the knowledge when you're not fresh from learning it. (If you want to try something new today: think book covers, marketing materials, or blog art, try canva )

2. When an idea comes to you, take action.

Taking action on a new idea doesn't necessarily mean bumping the current project. It may been a supporting idea that fits in your current project or something you can use as a side interest like a contest submission or a guest blog post. If it is something larger and something better put off, you want to get enough of the idea captured to come back to it later and start it up without a hiccup. A 1 page synopsis and an outline while it's fresh will do that. Also, if you meet up with an agent in the time between idea conception and execution, you will still have something to pitch. (If you're interested in having the opportunity to pitch to an agent or editor, sign up for the pnwa's annual conference early bird deadline and have pitches included in your registration)

3. When you meet a new connection, reinforce the relationship. 

Even if you don't start a new project with your new connection, introducing them to someone who would mutually benefit from the new contact keeps you in both of their minds. Adding a new contact to your social media outlets like facebook, linkedin, or instagram, or exchanging blog or website addresses also lets you have intermittent contact, making it a natural move to touch base when something arises that would benefit your writing careers. (For example, The Town Crier is accepting applications for a 1 month editor in residence with an honorarium attached -- assemble your list of 8-10 writers you'd draw on and apply here )

4. Use the principle towards your daily word count. 

You've heard me say it before: outcome is what matters, strategies can vary. Pick one and use it until you find a better one. You can reward yourself with any number of motivators. Use a writing prompt if that's what gets you going. Set up a challenge with a friend. Commit to a set number of words or minutes writing a day. Speed of implementation means that your scene concept becomes fleshed out before procrastination kicks in. This is why you'll see established prolific writers turn out a predictable number of books. They have practice consistently producing (and the motivating advances that accompany them). 

5. Fight the fear.

You may be a better writer than many you see in the marketplace, but if others don't see your work, what good is that to you? Bringing your writing to your readers is scary, sure, but it is also rewarding. When you receive constructive critique that improves your project, connect with a reader that really enjoyed your work, or inspire another writer to try; you will know why you're doing this. And yes, your work will not be loved by all, but that's ok. The world has plenty room for a variety of voices, subject matters, and approaches. Take a leap of faith and share yours today. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Have You Found the Right Platform for your Writing? 4 Ways You can Know.

If you've been writing for any length of time now, past the stage where you're only writing for yourself and onto the one where you are connecting with your readership; you'll be aware how much time promotion can take.
Ideally your sharing platform will be easy to access and in line with your message but there are so many options. How do you know you've found the right platform for your writing?

Whether you are a blogger, a storyteller, or a business or technical writer, here are 4 ways you can know you are connecting with your readership in the most efficient way, leaving time for content creation.

1. You have a few readers. 

Don't worry if the number is not up there. You can grow your reach by using any number of virtual tools or promotional strategies. Growing your readership is a combination of regular output and being of service to your readership. Give them a reason to come back and they will bring their friends.

2. You are being consistent.

Whether in posting regularity or genre or niche expertise, your readers know why to come to you first. If you can help your readers consistently by entertaining them or assisting them with their own writing enterprises, you will train them to come back to you for content and inspiration. Look at you! Making a difference!

3. You are spending the bulk of your promotional time on one medium.

Maybe two. Or channeling your main blog or website message through links on other social networking sites (buffer or hootsuite save you time here) But don't try to master all of the social networking avenues at once. It will be hard to keep up the pace. Better to shine on one site and be share worthy.

4. You are growing in confidence and picking up new skills.

Within each social marketing medium from blog hosting sites like blogger and wordpress and website hosting sites like webs and wix and platforms such as twitter, pinterest, facebook, and instagram; there is much to learn and benefit from in terms of strategy.

google the words author, promotion, and [insert your favorite social media network here] to find helpful articles like this one

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