First, define what success means to you. In order to have a goal, you need to define exactly what it is -- and then makeg a list of the steps needed to get there. You may have more than one path that can get you to where you want to be. Choose wisely.
Second, become a better writer. This means editing your work – or hiring someone to edit your content. It also means be a better reader and learn from others as to how to write with impact, an economy of words, and a style all of your own.
Third, formulate a business plan to commoditize your writings and figure out how you can help sell other services, products, and books.
Fourth actively promote your brand to the news media and through social media. To be a successful writer, people must know of you and like your voice.
Fifth, be successful at life. The more time you can devote to writing and marketing your writings, the better, so master what needs to be done at your job or home life. Learn to schedule your time efficiently, be organized, get rest, and to find ways to nurture your soul. Be self-disciplined and focused. Be persistent and persevering.
Sixth be ready to seek out – and handle – criticism of your writings.
Seventh, believe deeply in yourself and value your approach to writing. Celebrate any successes along the way.
Eighth, be open to rewriting your work. Sometimes a good idea sparks a need revision.
Ninth, always be networking, for lots of success comes from knowing successful people or those who can do something for you.
Lastly, be willing to learn and improve. Read books, take courses, and attend writers conferences. Improve your vocabulary and know more about the subject matter you are an expert in. Consider getting a mentor, coach, or even a therapist to help you grow – as a writer and person.
The key to being a successful writer can vary from person to person. Some writers thrive in chaos, where their lives are in shambles and the world around them is seemingly out of control while others need to have their lives in order, writing based on a foundation of security. But however you define success as a writer or in life – take the time and effort to improve your situations and to build a strong foundation from which to create your masterpiece.
“Painting is the intermediate somewhat between a thought and a thing.”
“What can’t be cured must be endured.”
“Most truths are nothing but prejudices.”
--Remy de Gourmont
“Experience is a good school. But the fees are high.”
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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at email@example.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2019. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent. This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America.
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