Want a successful writing career? Whether you're a new writer, or are an established pro, your blog can help. In 2009, blogging is essential for writers: it gets you known.
1. Your Blog Will Teach You What to Write for Success
Here's the big benefit of blogging for writers: your blog will show you what people respond to in your writing. Before the advent of instant publishing on blogs, discovering this could take years of heartbreak and frustration. The lack of feedback and response to their writing leads many writers to giving up writing completely, never realizing that they could have had a wonderful career.
Look on your blog's readers as your ultimate, totally free, focus group. Treat them well: they're the bedrock of your writing career.
2. Your Blog Gives You Writing Practice
There's one major difference between successful writers, and others: they write. Your blog encourages you to write, so that you won't disappoint your readers.
This motivates you, and builds your writing practice. There's a direct correlation between how much you write, and your success. If you're not having the success you feel you could be, the answer is simple -- you're not writing enough.
3. Your Blog Helps You to Sell Your Writing
Your blog can turn you into a Cinderella writer. There you are, blogging away, and along comes your fairy godmother and swats you with her wand. "Arise, Cinders -- here's a publishing contract!"
Could it happen to you? Maybe, since it's happened to other writers.
The fact is that your blog will help you to sell your writing however, because the fact that you have a blog, and blog consistently, tells buyers of your writing that you are indeed a competent writer.
4. Blogging Pitfalls
While your blogs will build your writing career, there are pitfalls.
Here they are:
* Whining and complaining: don't do it, ever, if you hope to be taking seriously as a professional writer. Yes, some professionals who should know better do it, but you can be sure that it will have an effect on their next writing contract -- if indeed they're offered one;
* Focusing too much on yourself and your life on a professional blog. Separate personal blogs, from a professional blogs.
Start your blog today: you'll be glad you did. A blog is an essential tool for your writing career.
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