Do you consider yourself to be at all creative?
Painter? Musician? Sculptor? Designer? Actor? Dancer? Writer?
Roiling and Toiling. Aching. Hurting. Passions burning. Thoughts abounding.
Reaching down into your soul to pull out what’s buried there and show it to the entire world. Fighting through pain and reticence to display your craft.
No one sees. Listens. Reads. Cares.
“It would be too easy to say that I feel invisible. Instead, I feel painfully visible, and entirely ignored.”
― David Levithan
Well, maybe some do come. And care.
And for us who are writers?
The rest flock elsewhere. To read and care for crappier stuff. Crappy by whose definition? Yours. It’s your psyche and well being I care about right now. No one else’s. It’s you I am writing to.
So, why should you listen to me? Am I an authority? Am I highly successful?
I think the most relevant reason that I can offer for you to pay attention to me is that I am also Roiling and Toiling. Reaching down into my soul. Putting out my best work and scratching my head at times. Wondering what it will take.
And through the past several years of struggling and living in virtual anonymity as a writer, the last few months of roiling and toiling have begun to pay off. I SEE the results. Real results.
My Medium “VIEWS” have dramatically increased, as have my “READS” and “FANS” and “CLAPS”. Followers have increased to over 1,000 as well.
My blog at www.fiallo.com has seen a spike in visits, readership, sign ups and followers. Its breathing new life again.
And my publication Simplicity has over 1,000 followers and several writers have joined now.
But the number one thing that made a difference for me, bar none is this…
I Write Every Day
Every single day. And I publish every single day. And when I publish, I share across all Social Media platforms, and across many of the LinkedIn groups I belong to. Its become a ritual.
What have I sacrificed to do this?
- I invested a modest amount in Tom’s course
- I constantly read other great writers
- I stay observant and scour the virtual and physical world for inspiration
- When inspired by a good idea for a post, I document it as a headline in Medium. Perhaps add a few notes. Build a backlog of future posts
And the most important thing I do…
I wake up every morning at 5 AM to write uninterrupted for at least 2 hours. Seven days a week. Rain or shine.
Do you have to do all of this? No.
Work out your own routine and what works for you.
But the main thing is → KEEP WRITING!
I cherish and treasure the few people that are coming, reading, joining me on my journey. I respect and honor them by writing every single day. And that has made the difference for me in these three ways:
- I am perfecting my craft and getting better
- My message is out there every day slowly attracting a TRIBE
- Audiences are coming to know they can count on me to show up for them consistently and with quality content
After all, I am a WRITER! And writers write. That’s what we do.
Forget about everything else. Just write. Every day. Or as often as you can.
The rest will take care of itself…
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.”
― John Osborne