Put a Little Purpose in Your Platform

What matters to you?

Most people care about something.  It may be something big—like world hunger—or it may be something small—like a local animal shelter.  Big or small, what do you care about?

As a writer, you can use your gift (and your hard-earned skills) to impact those things you care about.  Actually, you should.  Not just for whatever it is you care about, but for you and your platform.

People like people who care, and readers are people.  They don’t necessarily want to be hit over the head with your whole worldview, but caring about something doesn’t require a two-by-four.  Put some of that caring into your platform and draw people in—not just to the issues that matter to you, but to you.  By showing people what you care about, you show yourself.  It’s part of relationship building and that’s the basis of any platform.

About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces ComeSootheYourAchingSoul.com in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of www.StephanieAllenCrist.com and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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4 Responses to Put a Little Purpose in Your Platform

  1. acflory says:

    Yes! Thanks Stephanie – you’ve put into words something I’ve felt instinctively but wasn’t sure I could justify. Right from the beginning I knew my blog was supposed to be a vehicle for my book [assuming it ever reached the point of being published] but instead I found myself just being… well, me. And being me is a very odd mix of things in which the writing is an integral but not dominant part.

    Now, thanks to your very perceptive article, I know that not being author-y is not such a bad thing 😀

    • You are so right. When we live our life with passion – really believing in something and doing it with heart and soul – then we are living a truly meaningful life.

      • Exactly. And when we share with our readers (or potential readers) part of that meaningful life, then we impact our readers in a way that draws them to our work and to our interests.

  2. Yes, being yourself is an important component of writing true–it applies to your book, your platform, and life in general. You write because you have something to share–and yes, that is a story–but it is also a part of you, the story comes from you. When you tell it well (not if, when) it will be because you have discovered the last of the pieces that make it work.

    It comes easier to some than to others, but the best books that I’ve read carry about of the author with them through each and every book (though usually not as well in their ealier works). This is part of what they call “voice,” but it’s more than that and it definitely belongs in your platform as well as in your work.

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