Ulysses is one of my favorite apps; I love that you can write in Markdown, and the fact that you can just start typing. Create a new document in your Inbox, and go. No worrying about where you want to put the document, or about file names.
We’ve mentioned Ulysses for Mac before. It’s freshly updated, and there’s now an iPad version of the app as well. I haven’t tried the iPad version. I write in Evernote on my iPad.
2. Write your first thoughts in your blog post editor
When you treat blogging as something that’s separate from your writing, you get stuck. Writing a post becomes much harder than it needs to be, because when you start something new, you need to conquer inertia, and resistance.
But if you just open your blog post editor, that’s a niggle — something unfinished. You’ll write something, and that’s what you want.
"Since launching my blog Hermione Olivia last September, I have shared experiences from Mykonos, Saint-Tropez and Capri. The website has taken me to Barcelona, Somerset and home to Sydney... Apart from the obvious benefit, being travel, the greatest joy of this endeavor has been proving that if you are truly passionate, you can build a career doing what you love."
You too can follow your dreams
Hermione isn't unusual. All over the world, bloggers live the life they want to live. They build audiences, some small, others huge.
If you want to do it, you can. Our free report will help.
Each and every successful blogger looks on blogging as being exciting and fun. When something's exciting, you can't wait to get to it.
That doesn't mean that you won't have days when blogging gets you down, of course.
Successful bloggers -- however you define success -- have found ways to make blogging as easy as possible.
Solve your blogging challenge, the easy way
As you may know, I coach writers and bloggers. The easiest way to start them blogging, and keep them blogging, turned out to be simple. They needed processes which helped them, so that they weren't staring at the computer screen.
I turned the processes into a professional blogger's toolbox. Last year, Julia (my wonderful assistant) suggested that I share the toolbox, so here it is.
I suggest you write down where you are, because you need to have a reason for your pricing. You need to be comfortable with it. Don’t bother explaining your reasons to others. As we’ve said, your situation is always unique. Find your reason, assess your comfort zone, and then…
You’re writing a novel. You call someone to discuss your main character’s job, and you learn something new about how a detective detects, or the best soil in which to grow roses. What you learned is interesting to you, so it will be interesting to others.
You can use this material for social media posts, or blogging, or in your reader newsletter.
Way back in 2010, we set our first writing challenge, over 30 days. The results were amazing. Writers kickstarted their careers, or boosted them. I was thrilled, because it worked for so many writers.
Challenging Yourself Works
Many years ago, a challenge started my own writing career. I wanted to write books. In those days, I thought all writers were novelists, so I gave myself TEN years to either get a novel published, or give up writing forever.
A couple of authors told me that they felt they “must” use WordPress. That’s nonsense. You can use anything that makes sense to you. I’ve tried just about every popular blogging service, and there’s none that’s inherently better than another. It all depends on what you want to do.
WordPress is powerful, it’s easily modified with themes and plugins, and it’s fun to use, because it’s so customizable. However, it’s not essential. I’ve got blogs on Typepad, Blogger, and Tumblr — and I’m sure on other services too that I can’t recall. I try everything, because I enjoy it, and because I blog for several clients. Each and every platform has its benefits and its challenges.
Images are huge today. You need to become familiar with images, so that your content has impact.
One of my favorite apps, Buffer, has just released Pablo, which makes it super-easy to create social media image content. Add your update, or quote, choose an image or upload your own, and post it to Twitter or Facebook in seconds.
With apps like Wordswag, your can create mini content on your phone.
1. Show and Tell: Get Out There and Show What You Can Do
I’m always encouraging you to write more. I’ll say it again: every challenge you have with writing is solved by WRITING, in one way or another. If you’re not journaling, start a writing journal today. And if you’re not blogging, start a blog today: your blog is a writing sample.
Here’s why writing is important: writing kickstarts your creativity. You get ideas WHILE you’re writing. I’m always amazed that writing gives me more ideas for writing. The process works the same way for all writers. So write.
1. Journal: It’s a Good Habit Which Pays Off for Part-Time Writers
Your journal is your thoughts on paper. Whenever a writer tells me that he procrastinates, I encourage him to journal. It builds your writing habit. Over the years, I’ve tried electronic journals many times, but for me, nothing beats paper journals. Yes, they’re inconvenient. There’s no “search” function, for a start. And your journal’s something extra that you’re carrying around.
Although most of the “illegitimacy” of self-publishing has long gone — sensible authors know that self-publishing is the way to go — some of the stigma of publishing your own books remains.
Certainly having a literary agent and signing a big publishing contract is wonderful. However, authors seem to feel that it solves their problems. Someone else can handle all the messy details, all they need to do is cash their checks.
When you talk to authors with literary agents and publishing contracts, and put this point of view to them, they’ll either roll their eyes, or laugh so much they fall off their chairs. Traditional publishing DOES NOT solve any problems at all. It gives you a host of brand new ones.
I encourage you to think of yourself as a publisher, and develop a publishing program.
There are no restrictions. You can write anything you like. Authors contact me about writing under a pen name for material they don't want appearing under their own name for various reasons. Yes, of course you can do that.
Why not? Over the past couple of years, I've used a couple of pen names. I'll be developing these names further. I have plans for a mystery serial too. Since it's a new departure for me, and won't fit under any of my names, I'm developing a new pen name for that.
Tip: write fast, and publish. The more works which appear under your name, the faster you can grow your readership, and build an income.