A Letter from a Successful Future Me~10 Years Later!

Dearest T,photo-172

It’s 2024. You’ve made it! You are a very successful writer and I have to commend you, it wasn’t easy to get to where you are today. All those grueling nights you stayed awake just to build your “online presence” I know at the time, you thought it was tedious and sometimes a pain in the ass, but look at you now! It was all worth it and you are incredibly grateful. You have an amazing community of writers, agents and clients knocking at your door. Now you are their source for information.

Do you remember when you started your online blog and you had no idea how to use it? Oh I do recall those days. What fun it was to dive into something so unknown… so alien.

All the technical stuff was so frustrating and confusing at times, but eventually you figured it out.

Your travel blog has blown up now and you have lived the life you had always dreamed of. You have finally seen the world and written so many wonderful stories about the places you’ve been. What an extraordinary journey!

I am so proud of you for all of your accomplishments. You’ve written articles for National Geographic, Travel Life, Conde Nast Traveller, International Living and more…

You go girl!!

I know back then, when you were closing in on your 30th year, you were lost. You felt like a failure. But I am happy to tell you that now… that young girl would laugh at herself for feeling that way! ūüôā You are NOT your mistakes. You are your own lesson in life… and what a grand life it is.

Congratulations!

You followed your dreams. You ARE a successful writer ‚̧

Love always,

Your future self xox

SO I want to become a successful writer… Now, how the heck do I do that?

“So, you want to be a writer?” -a question I’ve been asked a lot lately.

Everyday for the last 6 months I’ve asked myself the same¬†thing “How the heck do I become a successful writer?”heck

In¬†all honesty, I’ve always wanted to write. I wrote a ton of poetry as a kid and kept multiple journals throughout my childhood. I even told my mom that I wanted to be a journalist when I grew up. Now that I’m a bit older, that desire¬†is still¬†burning inside of me. It has been for some time. But, I have absolutely NO experience on how to actually write professionally. I don’t even know if my writing is good! I managed to set up a blog, write some poetry and bust out a few articles but… now what? I have no idea how to make my blog work for me. I’m going in blind! I want to change the world but that is a pretty large and broad subject to write about.

AND not only do I have these excuses… There are so many subjects I want to cover and so many stories to tell. How do you write about stuff when everyone is already writing about EVERYTHING!? I want to write about¬†everything from travelling and conservation projects to local business and the best places to see in Victoria. But how do I narrow it down?

Procrastination is my middle name and I’ve been so lost and confused about which direction I want my writing to go… well that was up until yesterday.

I had my lovely friend Erin at¬†All Curves West¬†and Curves West Marketing¬†Curves westcome over and show me a few different things online such as: how to market myself on social media through related links and how to drive more traffic to my personal blog. I had the basics down but I didn’t really know how to connect with more people. So I started liking and sharing and made¬†my own¬†Facebook page:

The tiny writer

And THAT’S when in dawned on me. It was right in front of my face the¬†whole time…

I need to write about WRITING!! I am just starting out on an incredible journey: how to become a successful writer… why wouldn’t I just write about that? Thank you Erin for helping me reach that epiphany!

I’ll write about the fact that I have no idea what I’m doing¬†BUT I have some great ideas and all I need to do… is share them!! imagesblog

Now, I know there must be other people out there in the same boat as me. Are you lost and confused about your writing just as much as I am? Well let’s work on it together! Here are a few things I’ve done to get to the point I’m at right now… which is still just the beginning. I definitely recommend these steps if you’re just getting started:

Subscribe to some magazines related to what you want to write about¬†ie: National Geographic, NG Traveller and International Living are magazines I chose because I want to write about travel. Reading others people’s work is the best way to find out where your interests lie and gives you an idea of different ways to write content. Since I want to write articles about various travel adventures, places to see¬†and conservation projects, these magazines are perfect¬†for learning how other authors write about those specific subjects.

Sign up with AWAI (American Writers Association Inc.) and The Barefoot Writer to gain some knowledge on how to make a living as a writer.¬†When I searched “how to make a living as writer” these associations were at the top of the list. With consistent updates on webinars, seminars, courses¬†and conferences you can attend, you will constantly have information filling your¬†email account. You will have to spend a small amount of money to get¬†involved¬†with certain subscriptions, but it’s well worth it! And once you do, free webinars and other resources¬†will pop up from time to time.

Join Writers Digest for educational books, agents and other listings related to writing stuff. Writers Digest has a wealth of information including teleseminars, online University courses and critiques you can give some of your¬†work to critique. Not only that but the¬†WD Marketplace has thousands of listings you can search if you’re ready to publish a book, seek out an agent¬†or enter a contest with your recently completed masterpiece.

Read a bunch of books! This is the best way to exercise your brain and learn about writing. It’s also a great way to find out what your writing style is¬†if you have no idea what kind of writer you are yet. I found that fantasy books really captured my interest so naturally I started writing a “dreamscape” novel. It’s still in its beginning phase but at least I’ve found my direction in novel-writing. Everyone has to start somewhere!

**Make a Facebook page and “Like” and “Share” you heart out** This step is crucial and I was clueless about it until Erin showed me. How will anyone ever know who you are if you don’t share your work and like other people’s work? When Erin pointed it out to me it made perfect sense. I didn’t know how to get my work out there and my page wasn’t linked to any other pages so, that’s what I did.¬†I linked my Facebook page to my blog, “liked” a bunch of related pages and started to share some links that sparked my interest. Now more people will see who I am and hopefully this will drive more traffic to my site.

… and the most important thing I’ve learned about being a writer is you have to actually write stuff! So write what you know and throw it out there for the world to see. That’s my main goal now: to make myself a writing schedule and keep up with consistent posts. Break out the calendar and start creating specific time slots on when to write during the week.

That’s all I’ve come up with so far. But it’s definitely a start!

SO where are all the Newby writers at? Do you have any advice that can help me kick-start my writing career? How have you made your writing successful? Do you like any of my suggestions? Please let me know as feedback is much appreciated ūüôā

Let’s share our stories and see what the writing world has in store for us!

Happy writing! xo