Building Skills

Most writers realize they need to build their writing skills.  Especially early on, when the writing career is just a dream and the writing reality is that you don’t know how to bring what’s in your mind to the page.  You need to read the kind of stuff you write, you need to read about writing, and you need to write, and you may also need classes, workshops, critique groups, and other training opportunities to get yourself to the point where what’s in your mind actually makes it to the page.

But, what about the rest of it?

You see, writing isn’t just about writing.  At least, a writing career isn’t just about writing.  It’s about speaking, blogging, networking, giving interviews, marketing, planning, development, and a host of other things.  Most of this requires at least some form of training.  Some learn it in school.  Others learn it on the job.  Others have to find books, workshops, and support groups to teach them these skills.

Once you start to launch your writing career—assuming that you’ve developed your writing skills adequately to have a writing career—you need to reorient your learning to these other skills.  It’s great that you can write, but a lot of people can write.  Now, you have to learn how to capture an audience.

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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 Building Skills

  1. acflory says:

    Learning anything new is hard but there is easy-hard and then there is hard-hard and marketing associated skills fall into the hard-hard basket for me.:/

    • It can be difficult. With my training, the actual marketing part comes a bit easier, but the putting myself out there and being present is more difficult.

      The point, however, isn’t how challenging it is or even if we’re particularly good at it–we try, we put in the work. If you weren’t prepared to do that, if you weren’t willing to do that, then you’d have given up on this blog a long time ago.

      That is one of the reasons I have no doubt that you will make it. Your book(s) will be written and your book(s) will be published and your book(s) will sell and capture the hearts and minds of readers, because you’re willing to do the work (both the easy-hard and the hard-hard) to make your dreams your reality. And I commend you for that!

      • acflory says:

        -hugs- Thanks for the vote of confidence. I know I’ll try but I also know that I communicate best in a one-on-one situation. I mean I know my blog is public but when I write posts I always feel as if I’m talking to friends who know and accept me. A bit of a conceit I guess but the wonderful people who have become real friends make it very easy to feel that way. 🙂

  2. lol That’s a really, really GREAT thing, especially in a blog, but in most of an author’s communications. Being you and sharing yourself with your readers IS what’s going to attract readers–unless you’re just a big jerk, which you aren’t. Then again, considering some of the pundits out there, being a big jerk can work too.

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