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When it comes to writing, there is only one thing you should focus on if you want to succeed.
Achieve great success as fast as possible.
Success in writing is measured by a combination of how many people follow you, how much you have published and, most importantly, how long it took you to become successful.
The longer it takes you to succeed as a writer, the less your success matters. So here are a few ways you can make sure your success is worth it.
Focus on quantity, not quality
The most effective way to skyrocket your views and quadruple your subscribers is to focus on quantity. Write as much as you can, as quickly as you can. The quality of the things you are publishing – and make sure you’re publishing as often as you can manage – is not important right now.
If you want instant success, all that matters is that you’re making your voice heard. Getting noticed is easier the more content you have to show off. People won’t mind if it’s not great writing, as long as it’s there. Sometimes you might just write a title and then paste a link to an article or blog post to serve as your body text. That’s fine. It’s still another published article under your belt.
Mislead your audience
Ever wanted to go viral? It’s every writer’s dream – and you can achieve it. Instant success is all about pushing to the front of the line, so do whatever you have to do to show up in search engine results and social media feeds. Don’t waste time fact-checking your information. What really matters most is what you title your work.
Headlines are everything. It doesn’t matter what you write about, as long as your headline draws enough attention to grant you the clicks you deserve. It’s OK if your headline is misleading; this is just the way it has to be now. You’ll never get views or gain followers if you stick to honest headlines with relatable content underneath.
Promote yourself whenever and wherever you can
More so than your actual content, what you really need to do is focus on promoting your work. You probably follow a lot of other people doing the same thing you’re doing. You’re going to be spending a lot of time commenting on people’s channels, posts and more, so get ready to do a lot of copying and pasting.
The most effective way to do this is to comment on other writers’ blogs, social media posts, etc. Don’t bother commenting anything related to the post – it’s a waste of time. Instead, just paste in a link to your own work, asking people to check it out. That’s all. It’s likely other people’s audiences will be interested in what you have to say just by seeing your link.
Do what everyone else is doing
Those who are out there succeeding while you’re sitting here virtually unknown, they know what they’re doing. So your best bet is to follow their lead. They’re not called “experts” for nothing. You need to make sure you’re keeping up with what is trending, so you can make sure to write about it, whether it’s relevant to your audience or not. Follow your favorite bloggers and journalists on Twitter so you can make sure you’re always close behind when they publish something new.
While you’re at it, you might as well scan their work carefully to see what they’ve already written about. Ideas aren’t copyrighted, so feel free to copy and paste quotes and headings as you see fit. If you do copy subheadings, just make sure to change the wording a little bit so no one will notice. This is a quick way to come up with a lot of content in a very short amount of time. Prepare to see the views roll in!
I hope these tips help you to achieve all your hopes and dreams as quickly as possible. The faster you succeed in writing, the better. It takes very little patience, strategy or effort. Just expect people to come running as soon as you start writing, and you won’t be disappointed.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.