1. Writing is a SKILL, as well as an art, and skills can be leveraged-You must think of yourself as a business/businessperson
If you want to do this and be paid for it stop thinking of yourself as an ‘artist’ only.
3. Writing is COMMUNICATION- ANYONE can write. Your ability to express yourself with the written word is directly reflective of clarity of thinking
-copywriting (this can earn big money)
-books and E-books
Anywhere in the world you see writing, someone had to do it
That is my model. I started an email list, I have subscribers, my subscribers are my fans and "true fans", and they buy directly from ME
This is the grind work that no one wants to do. You must define yourself, and start producing content of SOME kind within your personality and within a medium
There is a massive number of social media channels to connect with other human beings. Pick two and BLAST THEM with content
I've written emails every day for 20 months now. I've tweeted 100 times a day for 2 years
=I have a following
Do that for 5 years straight, and set up a model of some kind where people can buy from you, donate to you, pay you, something in which they are patrons to work
At the end of 5 years, if you offer value, you'll have a business
There is a reason great writers have a reputation for being eccentric, insane and weird as hell; the more defined your personality, the better you write. Your personality is your filter for the world
Write or don't bother
The best writers are always the most well-read writers. I've never met a writer that does not read
A book can be published forever
An article can make you $$ forever
A post can change people's lives forever
I don’t use the term lightly. This may be the digital age but everything lasts
Guest post everywhere you can. Be present and make an effort over and over and over again. This takes discipline and no one is going to buy your book or product or read your work on Day 1
Writers are storytellers
These tweets are promotion, me going psycho is promotion
The periscopes in my car are promotion. The 20 free programs I think I've sent out are promotion.
PROMOTION IS MOMENTUM.
We live in the Attention Economy-So what makes you worth paying attention to?
You need to take enjoyment in the process, and that is where the art comes in. If writing is arduous, youve no future at this
If people are not responding to your words, your writing isnt compelling. Its paradoxical, as most are TERRIBLE when they first start writing, but you need to keep going, even when no one is reading you
ALL AT THE SAME TIME