Okay, so now you should have decided whether or not you want a social media presence, and your schedule that you can realistically put forward to work around.
So what comes next?
Tip #3: Think About What Your Main Objective Is
There’s so many avenues to pursing writing, but you need to decide what you want out of your writing. For example, if you’re hoping to establish a name in writing at some point, you’re going to want to think far more carefully about everything you put out on the internet, especially on social media.
If you want to write a novel, not only do you need to be able to put aside the time to write a novel, but you need to consider if you want to try and find a publisher who will accept your manuscript, or if you will want to proceed down the avenue of self-publishing. If you proceed down the avenue of self-publishing, then you need to be aware of the difference between vanity publishers who make you pay a fortune for very little, and actual self-publishing services (this was something that Ariel, my editor, helped me identify when I first started receiving contracts).
Here are some things to consider:
- If you want your writing to be informative and more journalistic. If this is the case, you will need to make sure you have enough time in your writing schedule to research what you’re talking about. On certain posts, for example, I have a list of sources – but even if I don’t, there isn’t something that I haven’t at least double-checked before writing as a post. (There’s a lot of misinformation on the internet. If you’re aiming to be informative and fit a more journalistic-style vibe, you need to be accessing trustworthy sites. In Australia, that would be ABC, SBS, Al Jazeera, in particular.
- If you’re going to be promoting certain things. If your aim is to review and, more importantly, promote, certain products, they need to align with your values. You also need to consider the time and money you’re willing to put in, because these companies aren’t just going to give you shit for free unless there’s something in it for them.
- If you’re just focusing on expressing opinions, thoughts and beliefs – like most bloggers, including myself, regularly do (this isn’t quite the same as being informative and journalistic).
- If your goal is to focus more on fictional writing.
This is important, because it’ll help guide you when you’re working on a schedule, sitting down, thinking about what you want to achieve at the end, or what the main purpose for you writing is.
After that, you can break it down into mini sections, and start writing to your heart’s desire – because now you’ve thought about your social media presence, your schedule, and you’ve reminded yourself of your main objective – the thing you most want to achieve, and the point behind your writing.
That’ll mean, if you ever get shitty with it, you can remember why you’re doing it in the first place.