This year I’ve made leaps and bounds when it comes to writing, but I still have many miles to go before I arrive at what I’ll call my optimum writer status. Truth be told, I have no interest in being the perfect scribe (whatever that may be), but I definitely have some room for improvement.
Here’s how I plan to be a better writer in 2015:
SUPPORT OTHER WRITERS MORE
I get so caught up in the stresses of creating that a lot of times when I’m done filing articles, I haphazardly tweet the links and log the hell off my computer. In those moments, I don’t want to read another headline, blog post, or article because I’ve been fully immersed in them for hours at a time and my eyes and brain just can’t take anymore. But beginning now and throughout 2015, I plan to devote more time to reading, sharing and commenting on other writers’ work, especially those who are just starting out, or those whose work I truly admire.
ENGAGE MORE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Someone one posed the question, “What does your social media presence say about you?” I’ll be the first to admit that mine isn’t very reflective of who I am. In reality, I thrive in social settings and am at my best when I have some food, drink and good company. However, I’m old school and social media is just so…OPEN. I can’t properly convey what I’m feeling, but I haven’t gotten comfortable with putting my fleeting, uncensored thoughts and beliefs out there for the masses to consume and share. Whenever I do, it’s followed by so much self-scrutiny and anxiety that sometimes I’m tempted to delete my account altogether. Anyway, it sounds insane but it’s the truth. But the fact is, I need to be more engaging online. While it’s still awkward for me, it feels much better to actually interact with people instead of simply seeing their tweets float by on your timeline daily without having a clue what they’re about outside of some random tweets or blog links. I joined to put myself out there (plus, there are work requirements), but I realize I’m doing myself and other writers who look for support a major disservice by being a hermit online.
Because practice makes perfect. This is something I’ve consistently tried and failed at and even used excuses to get out of doing, but the good thing is I haven’t given up.
This is the most annoying process, but as a freelancer, it’s necessary to get work. This year, I was just starting out and I actually landed two steady gigs, which left me little to no time to pitch other outlets. At one point, I came pretty close to earning a real salary (which is difficult to do as a beginning freelancer), that is, until one of the gigs fell through after a short time.
Currently, I have a couple of pitches just waiting to be sent out to a certain publication, but I’m nervous about it. Giving myself to the end of the week to press send…
WRITE THAT DAMN BOOK, ALREADY
If I was persistent, I could’ve written 20 books by now. But if Grandma had balls, she’d be Grandpa, so there’s no need for me to go down that route. I plan to get serious about writing, completing and self-publishing a book in 2015 and there’s nothing standing in my way but me.
As in doing other writing related jobs, like more copy editing, writing bios, press releases, English tutoring, ANYTHING remotely related to the written word.
When it comes to reading , the possibilities are endless and I’ve been slacking on it. But this is nothing that regular trips to the library can’t remedy.
Fellow writers/bloggers, how do you plan to become better at your craft in 2015?