It started when one of my friends made a surprising change.
“I’m going to focus on my YouTube presence more,” he said. “I feel I’m going to be able to differentiate myself there.”
Then he said:
“It’s hard to differentiate yourself as a writer.”
Truthfully, I’m a little jealous. He will spend the next year romping around Pittsburgh with a camera and a cute toddler. I assume his popularity will skyrocket.
. . . .
Maybe you want to be a Writer with a capital W. You scrawl random words on post it notes and wake up in the middle of the night to jot something down in your notebook. You want to see your name on a cover.
If so, I have awful news for you:
My friend is right.
It’s difficult to separate yourself as a writer. Your Instagram friends will cross the world and shoot infinite exotic and beautiful locations. You will lock yourself in a room, pushing buttons to try and express how you feel. The latter is not a natural thing.
. . . .
In order to chunk this monster post up a little, I’ve divided the key components into three sections:
- Why You Should Even Bother Writing
- 10 Ways to Outstrip Your Writing Competition
- Practical Steps to a Viral Post
Link to the rest at Medium