What makes marketing good, how deadlines are beneficial, and other struggles all writers face.
Writing is a basic life skill and everyone should be able to put sentences together. To be a writer, all you have to do is write.
To be a good writer, you need to consider the needs of your audience. Is your writing adding value to their lives?
If not, then it may be time to change things.
Write First for Yourself
Write first for yourself, particularly if you’re working toward a project like a novel. It’s a big project and not to be taken lightly, and each draft completed is a marathon of effort and sacrifice. You have to love what you do, so love what you’re writing about. Write the story you’ve always wanted to read. And if it’s too complicated for adults, write it for children. But whatever you do, if you feel the passion for writing, be honest and true to your own voice in the beginning. Write the story that hasn’t been written. Write your story. The story that only you can tell.
Then Switch Places with Your Reader
Go through the piece to see what kind of experience you’ve created for your readers. Read it out loud to consider how trippingly it rolls off the tongue. People tend to read the way they talk. A tongue-tying clause can slow a reader down even if they never utter it aloud. And you’d hate for any glaring errors to show up by surprise in a mother’s reading to her child at bedtime. “That was supposed to say ‘fork!'”
It’s Never a Good Idea to Trick People
It’s better to be useful to your audience and generous with your help. I’ve collaborated with many artists and authors recently, and it costs very little to be kind and offer whatever help you can. But when you make promises, you have to deliver. As Woody Allen said, “80% of success is just showing up.”
What’s Good Marketing About?
Good marketing is about helping worthy ideas spread.
Good marketing is about working together with others to achieve similar goals.
Good marketing is about creating an environment conducive to discussion and innovation, and then inviting dynamic change in systems and strategies to put your worthy idea out into the marketplace and magnify your worthy idea through the many voices of like-minded travelers.
“You Can’t Rush Art” is Balderdash
You have to rush art. Otherwise, art sits on the couch binge-watching Netflix and eating all your chips while none of your art gets done.
Setting goals and deadlines is an important part of being a professional anything. When you promise you’re going to deliver something, you should deliver. Diligence is a virtue, and a courtesy to others, and are both vital elements in any professional relationship.
It’s also a kindness to yourself. If you don’t set goals and then tend your progress toward them, you can’t move on to the next project. And the point of sale seems like as good a place as any to take your darling in the backyard, shoot it, and send its spirit out into the fickle bookseller’s market.
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What’s one of your biggest struggles as a writer?