A mass of material pours onto the Web every day. Much of it is generic “no name” content. Something’s in the news, or a someone wants content written for a specific search term, and the material is created. Here’s a writing challenge for you: write whatever you write so that it’s authentically you.
Here’s why… because you’ll SELL your writing.
Do you wait for inspiration?
Inspiration’s wonderful. Your writing flows. It’s easy. Once you know how inspiration feels — it’s sometimes called a flow state — you’ll want to write only when you’re inspired. Most writers can’t get inspired on demand, but what if you could? You can.
Get inspired on demand
We’ve discussed cluster diagrams. I use them every day, as you can see on my writing journal.
We talked about them here, in an easy writing process:
Look on clustering as fishing in your subconscious mind. You never know when you’ll hook a big one. Even if you dislike a project, you’ll become inspired. Follow the energy of your inspirations; let it take you where it wants to go.
If you have no idea where something’s headed, that’s GOOD. Let it gestate for 24 hours, then do another cluster, and you’ll see where it fits into your project. Stephen King talks about his “boys in the basement”; his subconscious mind. Let the boys do your work for you. They’re a part of you, and they’re much better at writing than your surface mind. (They don’t care about the inner editor.)
Cluster diagrams help you to access your deep mind, so that you become inspired, guaranteed. In my writing journal, you’ll see that I use them at all stages of the writing process. When you create clusters, you don’t think. Your mind associates. The boys in the basement get involved. You complete your writing, in a flow state. When your writing’s done, it’s authentic.
All this sounds very esoteric, and deeply uninteresting. Why should you care about being authentic? One reason: so you can sell. Authentic writing draws in your readers because it’s obvious a real person wrote it. There’s an energy behind it.
Another reason: authentic writing — writing with YOUR voice — is easier. Your writing flows. You get more written, you make more sales. What’s not to like about that?
Authentic Writing: Develop Your Writer’s Voice, And Sell
…I’ve been helping personal coaching students to unlock their voice. Not only do they find writing easier, and much more fun, they SELL.
If they’re writing for clients, they get better clients. Here’s why. They trust their own intuition. They send out pitches, instead of thinking – “Oh, no one will be interested in that…” and their writing career takes off.
My students who are self publishing discover that they don’t care whether a book sells or not. It’s the book they’re excited to write, so they write quickly and well. And of course, when they write authentically, their books sell.
Want to unlock who you are, and discover your voice? Today, it’s essential, if you want to develop a writing career.
Today, you can’t wait for inspiration to strike. You have to fish for it. When you do, you’ll get a shock at how much easier your writing is, and how much more writing you do. And how much more you’ll sell.
Authentic Writing has had excellent feedback. It has lots of exercises, which help you to learn the process, and use it in everything you write, as I do. Enjoy it. 🙂