I could tell you that you need an audience, but you already know that. The real question is how you go from an inspired, motivated writer to an author who is able to reach a large audience.
Unfortunately for many authors their great message isn’t heard. Other than a few friends, noone is paying much attention.
So in the last few weeks I’ve shared a few blog posts on how you create a larger audience. Today I want to tackle what’s in the core of many authors hearts: “Your writing”.
Anyone that’s not living under a rock has seen that books like Fifty Shades of Grey and Hunger Games are making their authors multi millionaires. That said, many literary critics seem relatively unified on the topic: “The books aren’t well written”
But the simple truth is that no matter how loud the critics get, the consumers don’t seem to care about the technical aspect of how these books are written.
What this tells me is that grammatical perfection isn’t the standard we should hold ourselves against. In fact, many times the nitty gritty details keep us from being effective and working on the bigger picture. The secret to success lies instead in your story or message.
Create enticing or dynamic content that intrigues your audience and you’ve got yourself positioned for sales. I’m of course not saying that quality doesn’t matter. It’s still a great idea to have an editor fine-tune your manuscript. But you may want to stop being so hard on yourself and be a bit more relaxed about the technical side of your writing.
So here is my advice for today. Let go of any perfectionism and start writing faster. Think about your target audience and just focus on getting your thoughts on paper. Don’t worry about getting others approvals. Just write.
Focus on making a connection with your readers. Write something that matters to your target audience.
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