Insecure Writers Want to Know
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Let’s get to my answer to the Insecure Writers Support Group question:
In my mind, the successful writer is able to pay the bills with her writing career. Notice, I said career. I’m sure she’d need to do more than just sell books. She’d need to market her knowledge in articles, presentations, or classes.
I don’t know about you, but if I had to wait until I could pay my bills with a writing career to be considered successful, to be happy, I’d be waiting forever.
So I adjust my definition of a successful writer.
For me, it’s the thrill of seeing your name in print. To hold your published creation in your hands, be it a short story in a magazine like Cricket or in an anthology or as a full-length book. In this limited understanding of success, I am content. I want more, though. Lots more!
Like poets or painters, actors or filmmakers, authors hope to be understood, to be appreciated. In our case, authors want to be read and enjoyed. To be a successful writer, we need readers. We need people to know about us.
But how do we do this? In today’s world, we need an online presence. Hence, my new website! Please feel free to disagree and offer your insight on this.
For an author to have a successful career, he needs to be known. Known for a specific genre, for a specific knowledge base, or for a specific type of writing; like, poetry, memoir, essays, or articles.
Okay, so how do authors become known if they are like me, a nobody?
Authors should join writing groups and/or professional groups, both online as well as in person. [If Covid ever ends, that is!] And within these groups, writers need to share their knowledge. I’d be lost without all of you, dear IWSG friends!
Writers need to share personal podcasts or facilitate writing workshops if they can, to get their name out there. We need blogs so editors can search online for us and find a presence, see us sharing our knowledge and experiences with our followers.
Am I successful in this regard? Nope! Will I stop just because only my tiny corner of the planet knows about me? Nope! I’ll keep trying to become known, keep trying to submit stories for publication, keep trying to share my knowledge with others. Who knows? Maybe it won’t be “forever” before I sell more stories or possibly a collection of stories. Here’s hoping!
It will be interesting to see how you’ve tackled this month’s question. It’s wonderful having a topic to share our thoughts on each month. I am extremely thankful for all of you for being my sounding board and advisors in this writing and publishing journey.
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This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I’d like to thank our co-hosts for August: Rebecca Douglass, T. Powell Coltrin @Journaling Woman, Natalie Aguirre, Karen Lynn, and C. Lee McKenzie! Please visit them if you can.
Our group posts on the first Wednesday of every month. To join us, or learn more about the group, click HERE.