126: How to Find Your Writing Voice by Self-publishing Four Books: Interview with Sandy Kreps

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Finding your voice as a writer is not an epiphany. It’s a process. You share what matters to you and see if it matters to others. It’s about resonance.

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Over the years, I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who have told me they are “working on a book” but never end up finishing it. Do you know why this is? Because they’re not practicing in public.

Have you ever noticed the correlation between the word “public” and the word “published”? The best kind of writing practice is done in front of an audience. That doesn’t mean you have to share every word you write, but you do have to be putting your work out there for other people to interact with.

Otherwise, you will never see what resonates. And you will never find your voice.

For some, this is a process that comes easy, and for others, it can feel like grinding away at the keyboard for an eternity. But in any case, your job is to trust the process. If you do the work, you will see the results.

This week on The Portfolio Life, Sandy Kreps and I talk about her struggle to find her voice, and the journey she took through Tribe Writers to self-publishing four books. Listen in as as Sandy shares a peek behind-the-scenes of growing an audience and building a platform where she makes $1,000 a month from her writing alone.

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The reward is worth the process

Sandy is one of those for whom writing was difficult. It took self-publishing four books and years of blogging in frustration before the puzzle pieces began to come together. Even then, she wondered if she was on the right track or not. But she kept it and persevered, and in the end, she succeeded.

When Sandy finally found her voice, the reward was worth the process.

But even more incredible than her success is her perspective. Looking back on the years of toil and dealing with personal illness and other obstacles — after writing tens of thousands of words just to find her voice, Sandy says:

It was worth the struggle.

That’s what Tribe Writers is all about. It’s a proven process to help you get the audience your writing deserves. It’s a four-part framework for taking a writing dream and making it a reality.

You don’t need to tell people how to do things. You just need to share your own experiences.

—Sandy Kreps

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Show highlights

In this episode, Sandy and I discuss:

  • Why it’s not too late for you to become the writer you always wanted to be
  • The exact process Sandy followed to succeed and how you can do the same
  • How finding your voice is about writing publicly
  • What’s tricky about establishing a platform
  • Where to ask for feedback on your writing

Quotes and takeaways

  • “Building a platform is a bit of trial and error.” —Sandy Kreps
  • Be relentlessly helpful to other people.
  • “A feeling of purpose is integral to my platform.” —Sandy Kreps
  • A platform is not technology, it’s your influence.
  • Find a way to invest in yourself.
  • Community, structure, and focus will help you overcome each of the obstacles in your way.

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Have you found your writing voice? What was the experience like? Share in the comments.