In a world that seems to be growing smaller and smaller each day, global success is every entrepreneur’s dream. This is especially so for writers who can reach out to larger audiences and get their messages across to billions of people around the globe. So, is it possible to achieve global success from writing and, if so, how exactly? Find some food for thought below.
#1 Be clear about your goals
Most of the time, aiming for the mythic ‘global’ success is not enough. You have to be more specific than that. Who do you want to reach? Business people? Single moms? Other writers?
#2 Mind your audience
After considering your audience, think of the best way to get your message across. Most business people, for example, will probably read a book up to 100 pages. Same goes for writers. Moms, on the other hand, will probably be more comfortable with short content — perhaps, one blog article in a couple of days.
#3 Don’t try to outsmart everyone
The most common mistake most writers make when starting on a new project — whether it is a book or a blog — is trying to figure out a unique, entirely fresh topic. This is barely possible these days. Stay realistic; remember that a new angle is already enough.
#4 Create your writing routines
People have come up with dozens of different writing tips, but when it comes to practice, creating your own routines is the best one. Sounds boring but people are just more productive working in an environment they already know. You have a favorite writing spot or the time of the day? Make sure you are there everyday to work on your project.
#5 Don’t let the ideas slip through your fingers
Our brain never really stops working and as you start on a project that excites you, you will see that it ceaselessly generates new ideas. The bummer is that your ‘idea generator’ has very limited short-term memory, so if you do not want to forget any of your revelations, write them down at once. You can easily do it whenever/wherever you are — the simplest notes app on your phone will do.
#6 Write quickly, edit slowly
Hemingway used to write drunk and edit sober. Try a similar approach — write all of your ideas down as quickly as you can; do not try to come up with a perfect first draft. Later (in a day minimum), let your internal critic feast and edit the draft ruthlessly.
#7 Put your writing through the value prism
People are over spammed with information these days, so whenever you are writing something, ask yourself the ‘so what’ question. What’s in it for the readers? Really? Does it have any value for them? This is the surest way to success.
#8 Learn from the best
No one can be inspired and motivated every single day — especially for a long period of time. So, do not be ashamed of looking for the inspiration from other writers. No plagiarism, of course. But you can always learn and get inspired by other established authors out there.
#9 Don’t be too hard on yourself
Don’t set tight time frames and try not to raise the bar too high. Sure, you should always compete with yourself, but obsessive perfectionism hasn’t done anyone any good so far. Most importantly, save your strength and allow yourself some rest when you really need it — especially when dealing with long-term writing projects. Remember, some projects are like sprints; others are like marathons.
#10 Get the marketing right
The right marketing can make even mediocre work successful; the poor kind, on the other hand, will ruin even the best piece of writing. Reach out to your audience; learn how to market your ideas; if you are working on a book, spread the information about your work even before you start writing it.
Networking is an essential part of marketing done right. Always start with your existing connections; visit conferences to meet new peers. Spread the word!
#12 Ask for credentials
Know some established experts already? This is your perfect chance. Send them a draft of your book (a link to your blog) and ask for credentials. Nothing says ‘good stuff’ better than a quality stamp from a person with an already established reputation in the field.
Sophia Clark is a creative writer from New York who loves to share her thoughts with readers. In her free time, she enjoys writing fiction as well as reading it. Her big dream is to publish a novel one day. Connect with her on Twitter and Google+