How to Gain More Exposure as a Writer
By Emily Goh. |
So you love writing. Like a lot. So much so, you want to make it a part of your career.
Be it you are trying to kickstart your career as a freelance writer, or maybe you just want to gain a stronger following on your own writing platform, it may be intimidating as you do not know where to start.
Here are some super simple tips to help you bring your writing skills to good use, and hopefully become the writer you want to be.
1. Consistency is key
Just like any other form of art or skill, consistent practice is very important.
Do not just focus on writing only when you have inspiration. Instead, set a schedule for yourself. If you have your own platform like a website or blog, its time to get serious and work out a content calendar.
Even though you are working on your own terms, having a schedule will force you to churn something out consistently and ensure you keep a consistent practice on your writing skills.
If you are having a case of writer's block, don’t stop altogether. Carve out half an hour each day (or an amount of time that you are okay to commit to) and make yourself sit down and write no matter how bad you think it will be.
You would know that this disciplined routine is what separates a writer who master their art from those who don’t.
2. Always seek feedback
One of the best way to improve your craft is by getting feedback from others.
When you are looking to work towards writing as a profession, it is very important to write in a way that is well received by your audience (and not just for the sake of enjoyment anymore).
Share your work with your close friends and family, and ask them to give you their honest feedback.
As much as not every feedback will impact your writing, it is very crucial for you to hear what people think about your work so you can work towards your own unique voice and style, that stands out, and at the same time, resonate with your audience in a way that is memorable.
Sometimes the truth may be hard to swallow, but in the long run, these feedback will help you become a better writer.
3. Don't be too shy to put your work out there.
When you are looking to gain exposure, you have to be thick skinned in putting your work out there. Having your portfolio hiding in your own document folders will not show off your good work to potential clients.
If you don’t know where to start, you can get onto the freelancer game by joining community Facebook groups, or freelancer websites that allow you to pitch to client requests. Or else, you can just start a blog on a free website provider like Wordpress or Wix (to which they have many free templates) and start publishing your work there consistently.
Also, when you are starting out, it's important to build your portfolio. So this may include doing free work for clients (especially those who are well-known), or for a much lower fee to start off, just to get your reputation out there.
However, its important to know the value of your work, so make it clear to these clients that this is a one-time trial for your services, and know when to start charging what your work deserves.
4. Read and be inspired.
Like all other skills, looking up to experts’ work will help you master your skill even further.
When you are striving to write better, spend half of your time practicing, and another half reading the works of other writers.
Whether its a good book or an insightful article, by reading more, you get to learn what you really enjoy in someone else’s writing, and also what you really dislike. This can help you find your voice a little better, understanding what would work for your own writing process (but always find a tone that is your own, and look for inspiration rather than to just duplicate what other people do).
It just does not make sense if you say you want to be a writer but never want to read other people’s writing. It just won’t work.
5. Join networking events.
We know, we know. If you are a writer, you very much are more likely to be introverted and prefer staying home in your PJs writing on your laptop with a cup of tea (sorry for the stereotype!).
Well personally, as someone who likes to write, I feel you.
However, if you are looking to grow as a writer, it is very important for you to meet other writers, and learn from each other. Better yet, through networking events, you might be able to spark interesting collaborations that will help both sides gain better exposure. Win-win situation right?
If you are wondering where on earth are you going to find an event exclusive to writers, well, we got your back!
We are having a very chill and cosy writers event happening this Saturday (27th April), from 9.30am to 12pm at Bean Brothers, PJ.
Oh and you will definitely be getting more tips on how to gain exposure and improve your skills as a writer throughout this event!
More details on the event:
It will be a morning of networking with other writers, learning and being inspired by each other over coffee and food. On top of that, we will be having CLEO Malaysia’s editor, Lina Esa who will be joining us as well to share some tips and insights on how to write meaningful content for your audience.
Really, it would be a great experience for everyone, and you get to do something meaningful to kickstart your weekend right.
The ticket fee is RM 50, including coffee and light refreshments (if you were hoping it was free, we really hope you understand where we are coming from, as we will need to cover the cost). If you are really shy, you can bring along a friend and get a promotional deal of saving RM 20.
So come join us, see you this Saturday!
P/S: If you have any further inquiry, you can drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.