Today I welcome writer Susan L. Urasky onto my blog, who shares her tips for gaining recognition as a new writer.
Big thanks to Sue for being today’s guest poster, please make sure to check out her links and details at the end of this post.
The Lion, the Woods and the Road
I was a frightened as the cowardly lion to go into a new field I was unsure of. I needed to step out of the woods of familiarity and onto a new road – the writer’s path.
This is a guideline of tips that I gathered from experts on the craft of writing for beginners. I hope you will gain the courage from these tips and lead you onto a pathway to believe that you are a writer, and how to present yourself to the public.
The lion stepped out of the woods and met up with others on the road to Oz, introducing himself he sputtered, “Uhhhh….” He hadn’t published anything. How will he to launch himself onto this path to get out of the woods?
- Look into the mirror and say out loud, “I am a writer.”
- Print a business card. This is your badge of courage. Use your local printer. Make it unique. Mix it up and add one of your passions on the card. Be a horse of a different color to spark conversation and be remembered.
- Write a statement answering these two questions:
- Why are you writing?
- Who are you writing this for?
This statement will help craft your identity as you begin to find your own voice. It will guide you to find the right audience. It will build the confidence needed and it is another map to building your own author platform and brand.
Write a log line
- A log line or elevator pitch, it is one brief sentence on what your book is about.
- Write one short sentence and another lengthier statement.
- Memorize this. Post it on your wall.
You are ready to introduce yourself as a writer, hand out a memorable card, say what and who you are writing for and link arms with fellow writers and set your sights on Oz. You have taken the first steps out of the woods.
Believe in yourself
You have your badge of courage, but you stumble upon a tree that’s throwing apples. You’re tempted to run right back into the woods and cower; this is self-doubt.
- Write your biography. An author bio is a short 100-word statement about yourself. Also, write a lengthier one approximately 300 words.
- Use can use this on your social media and for organizations you begin to join. Seeing your bio in writing adds credence as you begin to believe in yourself.
- Identify your genre and what you are passionate about.
Create your identity
Craft yourself appropriately and accurately. Let your own image shine through.
Networking! The lion enters munchkin land and is mingling amongst fellow writers. Surrounding yourself among fellow writers will begin to form that self-acceptance you’ll need down the road.
- Attend a writer’s conference (annually if you are able, to help gain recognition).
- Know your genre, ask questions, take classes, bring your log line, hand out and collect business cards, start a file of contacts. Mix and mingle.
- Join a critique group.
- Attend a book launch.
- Visit your library.
- Find a mentor. It’s crucial to have a sounding board. Someone you can call or text, to vent, share an accomplishment or ask for advice.
The lion gets to Oz with the help of his friends and they give him a make-over and set his style
- I suggest starting with only two platforms, initially. Ari Meghlen has great resources and tutorials to help you begin your social media venture.
- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram are a few to start with.
- Use the same author bio you have already created.
- Set up your pages consistently across these platforms.
- Use social media and begin to share your writing.
Writing that first post
- Use accurate punctuation.
- Play hashtags games to gain followers (that is how I met Ari Meghlen).
- Remember you are posting your image to the world and this is your reputation.
- Make the post memorable, frequent and include images.
- Create your own website
- Set it up with the same substance as your social media platforms.
- Begin a blogging schedule.
- Use it to practice writing and share stories.
Your first blog post
This is as scary as the winged monkeys plucking the lion and his friends off their path. That’s when you call the Glinda, the good witch for support.
- Topic ideas for your first blog post:
- Who you are!
- Why are you writing!
- State why they should come to your blog.
As the lion builds up his courage and steers off the beaten track, is when he stumbles and meets the wicked witch.
He looks around and, thinking he has what it takes, he asks, “What’s he got that I ain’t got?” The answer is, “Courage.” How do we gain that inner strength?
- Develop a support system.
- Ask the experts. Use your writers’ group and friends you met along the way for motivation. Writers are eager to help in many ways.
- Learn the writing craft.
- Stay the course
- Use the 90%/10% rule
- The writing of your novel is most important. Spend 90% of your allotted work time towards writing.
My favorite quote is from author Jodi Picoult: “You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”
As a once-timid lion, using these tips, you now have developed your brand and are beginning to form your author platform.
You are equipped with tools; you have a support group and are building your social media. Hopefully you now have courage and have built confidence as a writer.
You are a writer, you’re out of the woods and on your road.
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Susan L Urasky is an RN, currently writing her mainstream fiction novel inspired by true personal events; weaving credible medicine in a plot full of horrific turns.
Her inner voice has awoken, inspiring her to blog and write poetry. Susan also writes guest articles for blogs in the US and UK. She takes classes at UW-Madison
Continuing Studies and is a member of the Wisconsin Writers Association.
Her experiences range from clinical to camp nursing along with medical sales and marketing. Susan, Chicago born haslived from coast to coast, including Maui. She now enjoys log cabin living in Wisconsin.
Through her writing , she advocates for mental health, disabilities and patient safety and believes through expression it can be a gateway to healing and comfort.
Susan’s currently writing her debut novel and it’s based on true events:
Nurse Carrie Winters friends are deathly ill, she’s horrified that she’s discovered they have been deceived by science and medicine, what she trusts most…now she risks her career, her relationship, and her father’s race for the US senate, to publicly expose a fatally flawed system with hope of saving lives before it’s too late.
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