It’s every writer’s dream, to see your name (real or penned) all over CyberWorld. Google yourself: what comes up? The first thing that comes up when you Google me is my Twitter account, which is sort of a let-down unless it gets more people to follow me (not that my tweets are interesting or anything). College Lifestyles talks about me a lot, which I appreciate, since my life outside school and work with CL is virtually non-existent (emphasis on “virtually”). I’ve run with Team World Vision. Awesome!
There are specific keys (not key words) to plastering your work all over the Internet without being a total jerk about it (but really, those people exist, and dear God I hope I’m not one of them). If you want your writing recognized (and why wouldn’t you?!), you can’t keep it to yourself. Keep the three P’s in mind: pitch, produce, promote. And repeat.
Know what you need to (and can) give up.
The more time you spend writing, the less time you have for…well, everything else. The more time I take out of my day, the less time I have for life’s current necessities: running, eating, sleeping and studying organic chemistry. If I want to make it a goal to write X number of articles this summer, I will not have as much time as I’d like to run long distances or sleep enough (which I never do anyway, so whatever). I can’t, however, give up things like food or passing chemistry. Identify what you need to let go of, what you can wave goodbye to, and what you’re willing to put on hold in order to make writing your current priority. When you make time for your art, you make more art. It’s a simple formula, really. This one is my favorite:
Taking over the Internet = (coffee) + (chocolate) – (sleep) + writing – (Facebook).
It works. Sort of.
Always be on the lookout for opportunities.
I’m always reading articles, and as I’m reading articles, I’m looking to see if publications are looking for submissions. Does someone need a writer? You don’t have to pay me (though that really would be nice). Pitch everywhere – some will say no thanks and some might take you up on a small offer. Seek, strive and succeed. I really like alliteration.
Take advantage of waves of motivation as they roll in.
As I’ve said on many occasions, it doesn’t do you any good to try to write when you’re not “in the mood.” Spurts of inspiration really will come and go, so hold onto them when they’re there, and don’t sit around and wait for them to show up when they’re not. The unwritten law of inspiration: it always hits you when you least expect it, at the most inconvenient times. I get really good ideas when I’m in the shower. You can’t write down an idea while you’re in the shower. The second you stop staring at a blank page, something will come to you. And when it does, run with it.
Never be ashamed of what you’ve published.
Even if it’s a fan-fiction short story, hey, at least it’s something. Something is always better than nothing. Be proud of anything and everything you publish, and share it with everyone you know! The more often you get your work “out there,” the less awkward you’ll feel about posting links to it for your friends to see. Promoting your work is similar to actually putting it together: it’s not easy at the start, but it only gets easier from there.
If your Bucket List is telling you to get off Facebook and open up a new Word document, listen to your Bucket List (even though it’s an inanimate object, it’s okay in this case. I promise.). Don’t let your delicate writer’s brain waste away because other peoples’ lives are more interesting than yours (side note: so not true). Creativity is like a muscle (here we go again with the thousand and one ways my dietetics major keeps appearing in this blog): if you don’t use it, you’ll know it – and you’ll regret it later. Literally.
Keep creative and keep writing. Is there a meme for that? Probably.
I spend way too much time on the Internet. Obviously.