Frankly speaking, there’s no shortcut to becoming a seasoned author. You simply have to show up, do the work, be open to feedback, and focus on continuous improvement if you want to make a name for yourself. However, there are some hacks that can help you succeed and Elite Online Publishing is here to help you do just that!
Here are three important hacks that help shape you into a credible and celebrated author:
1. Pay Attention to Your Personal Branding
If you want to make a name for yourself and build a strong following, you have to understand one thing: People don’t buy what you write, they buy into your brand.
If you write novels, your works fall under a specific genre that other authors write about. If you’re a researcher, chances are other researchers have worked on or are working on the same topic, although the objective or variables aren’t exactly the same. If your writing involves current events or specific trends, well, others write about those, too.
Make people want to hear stories, news, and ideas from you by creating a distinct brand. It could be in the way you write or how you present yourself as an author. Either way, to attract and retain attention, you must give your audience something to feel loyal to: You.
2. Keep Writing to Hone Your Skills
While it’s important to master the art of personal branding, it shouldn’t be the only thing you focus on. As an author, you have to make constant efforts to hone your skills.
And what’s the best way to improve your writing skills, you ask? Simple. Write.
It’s normal for writers to experience mental blocks. Sometimes, you’ll go over previous work and critique your writing style. But the only way to develop your skills is to keep writing.
If you’re experiencing a mental block, set aside your current work and work on something else- it can be something totally random and unrelated. Just get your creative juices flowing until you’re ready to face your actual work again.
If you’re having self-doubts about your capabilities, don’t be afraid to experiment with different tones and formats. This will help you develop a distinct writing style that people will know you for.
3. Gain Confidence to Put Yourself Out There
All authors second-guess their own writing skills at some point. But that shouldn’t affect your confidence in sharing your work with the public.
Before you can learn and discern what part of your writing you should modify and improve, you actually have to publish it first. Let people read your work. Then, listen to their feedback. From there, you can determine what changes to make in the future.
Your first published work will always be the most nerve wracking. But once you start sharing your work and listening to people’s opinion about it, it gets better. You’ll have fresh eyes telling you what works and what could be improved. You steadily grow more confident in your writing prowess, too, as your style and vocabulary develop over time.
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