It’s Not Enough to Just Be a Good Writer
Everything that you do outside of writing matters too
Do you ever envy those people who just tend to be good at everything that they do? The people who have a natural talent for virtually anything and don’t need to try very hard even if it’s something that’s completely new to them. Personally, I know that I do sometimes. And I hate to break it to you, but there are always going to be people like that in the world. Silently envying them doesn’t do anyone any good and it certainly won’t help whatever situation you’re in.
I do have some good news for you though. You can get good at whatever you want to do too— it just might require a bit more legwork if it doesn’t come naturally to you. And the silver living is, solely being good at something isn’t enough to carry you all the way to success. You have to do more than just be good.
When it comes from writing, I’ve learned time and time again that having a knack for writing or even just writing one really good article doesn’t do too much for you in the long run. I know because I’ve written a few really good articles that had their moments in the sun and went (somewhat) viral for a short period of time. However, those few articles that saw success didn’t put my name in lights or land me my full-time dream job as a Writer at a prestigious publication. That’s because the work doesn’t stop once you’ve written a really good article. It doesn’t stop once you’ve become a good Writer. It doesn’t stop ever. You have to keep working at the things you want in life.
Being a good writer doesn’t happen overnight.
Getting good at something takes a great deal of time, effort, and dedication. You can’t bullshit your way into being good at something and you definitely can’t bullshit your way into being great at something. You have to put your heart and soul into the thing(s) that you want to become great at. The same goes for success. Success doesn’t happen overnight. It’s not an accident. It isn’t dumb luck. It’s intentional, carefully calculated, and planned out long before it happens. If you think that being a good Writer is a quick and easy process, then you’re in for a rude awakening.
You have to continue to maintain and improve.
The journey doesn’t stop once you get good. It doesn’t stop once you finally start to see success. You have to keep the momentum going and you do that by continuing to write often and fine-tune your skills. You have to be consistent with how often you write and make writing a habit so that you don’t get lazy or complacent. The journey never ends when it comes to writing. It lasts as long as you continue to write.
You have to do more than just write.
Writing on its own isn’t enough. In addition to writing often, you also have to continue to proofread and edit your writing. You have to analyze results and learn from past success and failures. You also have to read. You have to market yourself. You have to promote your writing. You have to be interactive with your readers. You have to be interactive with other Writers. There’s so much more to being successful than focusing on the skill itself. It’s a combination of improving your skill along with how hard you work to present that skill to the world.
You need a consistent audience.
Being a Writer without an audience is like being a performer when no one watching. Your fans, your readers, are the ones who make you become known. They’re the ones who your words are resonating with. They’re the ones who provide you with the positive (or negative) feedback that you can use to improve. Then, knowing who your audience is and building upon that audience is what will get you to the next level with writing.
Regardless of who you are, what your skill level is, and whether or not writing comes naturally to you, just know that only being good is not enough to make it in the long run. If you want to become a great Writer, you have to truly commit. You have to put all of your heart and soul into it which may come with some tasks that you won’t necessarily always want to do. But, it will pay off and it will worth it in the end once you get to where you want to be.