Looking back over the last year I am somewhat disappointed. It wasn’t my best year as a writer. I could have done better. With that in mind I sat down and listed some improvements I could make for this year. For all the writers out there and those aspiring to be this may also be of benefit to you. I have listed these tips as if I am solely talking about others, but I wrote them primarily to help myself.
Four basic writer tips.
1. Be more sociable.
A) Be active on Facebook. Show genuine interest in people. Let people know you’re a writer without pushing your books on them. After a time people will be asking you about them.
B) Join a reading group and be active in it. For me it’s Goodreads, but there are a few others out there such as LibraryThing, and Shelfari.
C) Post on Linkedin more often. It makes a writer more visible. If you’re not a member it’s a great place to meet other writers through one on one or through a writer’s group.
D) Be more active on the groups I’ve joined on Google plus. You can set up your own site on Google plus. There are also writing groups to join. There are some that offer writer tips, helps, and even some will allow you to promote your book.
E) Create better tweets on Twitter. If you haven’t joined you should. You meet a lot of interesting people there. You can also promote your book, but it shouldn’t be the only thing you tweet about. Be interesting first then people are more prone to look at your book.
2. Make better use of the time that you have.
A) Cut down on the time spent watching TV and playing games as well as other non-essentials. For me I couldn’t cut out everything, and I don’t think it would be a good idea, anyway. Everyone needs a break to refresh their imagination.
3) Learn more.
A) For me it’s learning about what I can do on the computer to enhance my writing career: Correct formatting for books and ebooks. Creating book covers, and much more.
B) How to effectively use the Internet. Finding places to promote my books. Finding writing tips. Creating a better website. I could go on and on about the benefits.
4) Make better books. Everything before this is moot if you don’t have a book that people want to read.
A) Seek original ideas. Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Get feedback when I can. Don’t be satisfied with “ok”. Strive to be better than everyone else.
That’s a short list of goals for writer success. I hope they help.
When I write a blog, I try to keep it relevant. Often it will be about writing and books. I also review books that I read.