The boldest move of my writing career happened the day I decided to write my first eBook.
Who cares that it sold 4 copies in 4 months?
I titled it “The Blogging Manifesto.”
Seemed like a big time dud but deciding to self-publish my first eBook led the way to me writing and self-publishing 126 eBooks under the Blogging From Paradise name.
I have sold more than 4 eBooks from these 126 reads. I promise.
I have sold over 1000 audio books alone through iTunes, Amazon and Audible all because I decided to be a writer, not just a blogger.
Blogging rocks. But if you want to become a writer you need to branch out from just writing and promoting blog posts toward a comprehensive approach to develop your writing skills.
Follow these 5 tips to rock out your writing game.
1: Write 1000 Words Daily for Practice
I write 1000 to 5000 words daily between my guest posts and blog comments.
I suggest you write 1000 words daily in a Word document to become a better writer.
Practice in private. Succeed on the big stage.
This is the only tip you *really* need to follow to improve your writing skills.
2: Read Fiction
I read fiction for 30 minutes prior to beddy bye to stoke my already vivid imagination.
My authors of choice: James Patterson, Lee Child, George R.R. Martin.
Brilliant fiction authors teach you the art of storytelling. Reading accomplished authors exposes you to the world’s greatest authors, helping you become a more skilled writer through osmosis.
Stop sitting on the self-publishing fence.
Self-publish your first eBook today.
Write and self-publish your first eBook on Amazon Kindle. Go live. Ship.
Nothing accelerates your writing success like receiving 5 star reviews and nothing gives you greater clarity in your writing abilities than receiving a 1 star review.
Praise can help to lift you up.
Criticism can help draw out your negative, constricting, limiting beliefs you never knew existed.
Before I saw criticism as a projection (tip 4) I would feel angry, embarrassed, annoyed or ashamed after receiving criticism.
Turns out these critics drew out the negative feelings I needed to face, embrace and release to become a more accomplished blogger.
4: See Criticism as Projection Not Needed for Perfection
I recall receiving one of my first genuine, dyed in the wool, biting, sarcastic reviews.
I laughed. Out loud.
Seriously; I howled after reading the review. I don’t take myself too seriously. I viewed the terrible review as being pretty funny.
I also know that criticism is a projection. Meaning that criticism says everything about the critic and nothing about you.
How they see the world and themselves has nothing to do with your writing ability.
Some authors need feedback like they need air. Like if they received enough helpful criticism that they could become perfectly successful authors.
I see feedback or criticism as the projection of an individual. Their projection may help me but I would never allow their terrible view of self to infect my writing clarity and confidence.
5: Write How *You* Write
I make writing purists cringe but readers can spot my guest posts from a mile away.
Because I write how I write.
My eBook on how to find your writing voice is the highest rated eBook in its category on Amazon. All 48 reviews are 5 star reviews.
I give writers permission to be great even if their delivery is less than polished.
Steven King may be a finished, refined, writing genius. But “simple as pie” author James Patterson has also sold hundreds of millions of books with his own writing style.
Be at peace with how you write. Look to authors for inspiration but mimic no one.
What tips can you add to this list? How are you becoming a better writer?
Take a look at Ryan’s books (paperback, Kindle and audio editions) and see what others he has to offer.