Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 1

10 Apr

Let me describe a scenario.
You’ve written something. A poem, a short story, a short fiction novel. You show it to a couple of people, and those people like it. Not quite sure what to do with the piece, you put it away, start working on something new. You don’t even really revise, not much more than a quick once-over, and then on to the next project.
Then, one day, out of the blue, you get a phone call. The caller introduces himself, and tells you he’s a representative for a certain publishing house. Somehow, through one of your friends, they’ve seen your work, and they think it’s some of the best material they’ve ever read . Cutting straight to the chase, the caller says they want to publish your work. “Don’t worry about a thing,” he reassures you, “we’ll take care of everything.
Sure enough, the publishing house edits, corrects, fixes and polishes your work, and they publish it a month later. Within a week, the published material is a complete hit. Thousands of people buy it, your name is a household fixture, and you and your publisher stride off into the sunset.
End of scenario.
Now. If you are a writer, put a hand over your heart and tell yourself you’ve never wished for this to happen. Be honest. We all have.
Back to reality. Statistically, if you’re a written-content creator, your shiny writing career isn’t really where you want it to be. You’ve written a lot of stuff, moving on from inspiration to project to whim, but most of it is either forgotten, dismissed, or languishing in a desk drawer somewhere. Taking up 143 kb of memory in one of the folders on your computer.
At this point, the question is – why. Chances are, it’s not because you’re a bad writer. You might have some pretty decent material. That’s not the problem. The problem is that we all sort of get on with the business of writing new stuff and wait for the above scenario to play out. That’s the mistake. We want to be writers, and have the rest take care of itself.
So what do you do? How do you get content out there? How do you move your actually-decent, hard-won, unedited work out into the real world of material which people have heard of? How do you turn it into something real?
That’s what this series is about. In the next few installments of this series, we’ll walk you through the whole process from ‘status quo’ to ‘where you want to be as a writer’. However, be warned. Don’t expect the work to get done just by reading this. Actual energy and work will be required. So if you really want to be a writer, if you want to make your writing career a reality, jump aboard, and we’ll see you in “Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 2”.
Nesher Ehrman is an author for The Writing Corp. To see mre of his material, check out his blog at nesherehrman.wordpress.com/
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5 Responses to “Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 1”

  1. Lorna's Voice April 12, 2013 at 4:54 am #

    I’m going through the process of “getting it out there,” so your words of wisdom on the subject will be very helpful. I’m writing another book and want to do it better next time!

  2. Working Title Software April 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    Looking forward, it’s the same in software and people who just want to develop programs

  3. LiterallyAdvice April 10, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    These are the exact type of questions that we get asked daily! Looking forward to the series.

  4. C.J. Black April 10, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    May as well dream here as in bed, do you think?

  5. gibsorya April 10, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    I like it. Very nice Nesher.

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