As a writer, you need to showcase your work in a way that makes it easy to get discovered or shared―which in today’s world, means you need a professional website. That’s how you make a living from your craft. Of course, that website won’t make you a better writer at the end of the day―but it will help you get discovered and shared.
Writing is a challenge regardless of whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. When you look back through history and think about the writers we remember and quote, precious few are non-fiction authors. But can non-fiction writers successfully explore fiction? Are you really a “writer” if you never publish a novel?
It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of business and start optimizing for your own success. To sell more books, make more money, reach more people. Fame is a drug, and the more of it you get, the more you need. I know that from personal experience. But like any drug, after a while you start to wonder if this is actually any good for you, and if it’s making you any happier.
Everybody has an origin story. The heroes and villains of your favorite novels have one. And so do you. But perhaps it’s not the same story you’re telling to the world.
This week on The Portfolio Life, John O’Leary and I talk about a defining moment when an explosion launched John 20 feet across his garage with third degree burns covering almost 90% of his body.
As a writer, I had this snobbish idea that the best, most meaningful work happened slowly and painstakingly. But that’s just not true. One of the most important skills for a writer to learn is how to write quickly.