I think for all aspiring writers comes the fine line between not taking oneself seriously enough and being a little too serious. In the last year, I have learned a lot about people, both friends, and strangers, and I have to admit there are times that it has been disappointing.
Building a following or an audience is not as easy as it sounds. It is a part of a process which takes time and patience. I subscribe to a variety of blogs about writing that are full of information and like anything else in life sometimes they are helpful and sometimes they are not.
I have come across a young, successful writer by the name of Jeff Goins. I have never met him, but I find his information helpful. I received a small book, which he authored, titled, It's Not Too Late," and have taken the liberty of reprinting a portion that I believe is important not only for myself but for all writers.
It begs to ask the questions, "Who am I as a writer and who my readers are?"
I hope that you find it informative.
4. Jot down at least five books, articles, or blogs you like to read. Spend
some time examining them.
How are they alike? How are they different?
What about how they’re written intrigues you?
Often what we admire is what we aspire to be.
Example: Copyblogger, Chris Brogan, Seth Godin,
Ernest Hemingway, and C.S. Lewis.
I like these writers, because their writing is intelligent, pithy, and poignant.
6. Ask other people: “What’s my voice? What do I sound like?” Take notes
of the answers you get.
7. Free-write. Just go nuts. Write in a way that’s most comfortable to you,
without editing. Then go back and read it, asking yourself, “Do I publish
stuff that sounds like this?”
8. Read something you’ve recently written, and honestly ask yourself, “Is this something I would read?” If not, you must change your voice.
10. Pay attention to how you’re feeling. How do you feel before
publishing? Afraid? Nervous? Worried? Good.
You’re on the right track. If you’re completely calm, then you probably aren’t being vulnerable. Try writing something dangerous, something a little more you.
Fear can be good. It motivates you to make your writing matter.