I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the specifics of what I’ve done to get where I am today, not just with my writing career, but with the following I’ve built and continue to build. And when I looked at it, there were five things that stood out to me:
- Connecting (aka: building relationships)
- Creating Content
Those five things, when done simultaneously, will help you to create the success that you dream of having in your writing life.
To go a step further, I even made a little diagram to show you how these things are interlinked:
Mindset is at the very top as the umbrella over everything else, because mindset is the thing that makes everything else work 10 times better.
Under that we have the three Cs of being successful online: Connecting, Creating Content and Being Consistent.
And all of this creates Visibility–which is when you’re out there, being seen and people know who you are.
Pretty simple, right?
It really is. The difficult part is doing the work and keeping it up. That’s the part where most writers totally fall off (or don’t even start).
Because it takes effort to live this action plan. Not to just do it here and there when you have the time, but to actually build your writing life (and writing business) around doing all five of these things every single day.
That’s what I do.
I built my writing life around these five things–I do mindset work 2-3 times a day, minimum. I connect on a regular basis with my community and with people in my industry. I blog five days a week, I write emails to my community, I create Facebook posts, I run a free Facebook group where I create videos five days a week and post valuable content, I post inspirational quotes and fun pics on my Instagram, I create and upload my videos to YouTube. I show up in some form online every single day, period. And from all of this, I’ve created visibility, where people are starting to know who I am and opportunities are starting to come to me because of it.
This action plan will help you create the writing life you dream of, where you’ve got raving fans ready to buy your books and whatever else you create.
But while understanding this action plan seems easy, it’s in the implementation where you really see the results (or not) based on what you choose to do and how you choose to do it.
You have to commit to showing up, every day, in some form, and putting something out there. You have to commit to doing the work, to not giving up when it looks like it’s not working, even if it looks like it’s not working for a while. You have to commit to thinking and acting like the writer and author you dream of being.
That’s what it takes to build a following.
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