Talking in an empty Hall is an interesting experience. Your voice is echoed back to you and produces a feeling in you proportional to your delivery, mood, and self-esteem. Writing without an audience is quite similar to that experience. You write and hear back your own words when you read what you have written. You hate it or like it depending on your performance and mood.
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Use social media for blogging
Start a blog or if it is a hassle just start writing something on Facebook or Instagram etc. This may sound insignificant but over time it can make lots of people interested in your content. You can even make these social media giants your main blogging platforms if your content is attracting a good audience.
Social media has an advantage in blogging websites that you can get instant traffic through these platforms. However, if you are interested in making money through blogging you will eventually have to move to your own website or a blogging platform.
What makes you unique?
When you start writing as a nobody different doubts start harnessing you all the time. Maybe what you are writing is not interesting enough (Which may be true) or Maybe what you are writing is not so special.
You start questioning yourself. "Why am I writing for nothing?" "Will anyone ever read me?" "Will I ever get a meaningful audience?" "Maybe what I am writing is nothing special. Maybe someone else can write what I write better than me. Should I quit?"
You have to understand that you are a unique human being with a unique perspective and opinion. You HAVE something worthwhile to share. Your writing might seem ordinary and nothing special right now because your skill is not honed enough to show your uniqueness and individuality. But if you give yourself some leash it will come out. Eventually.
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What you need to understand is that everything needs some time to show progress. And sometimes it takes even longer. You plant a seed in your youth and care for it until it becomes a large tree and starts giving fruit. But by that time your hair is turning white.
For some people, this may sound depressing but you have to face it. Real-life is like that. If you are a complete beginner to writing it can take a few months to a year for you to write something that is readable. It may take years for you to become a professional. Everything needs time and writing is no exception.
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Patience and perseverance
This all sounds depressing. Patience. Time. Who has time in this age and era of instant satisfaction?
More seriously you might ask what can we do to be a good writer and have an audience as quickly as possible?
The answer is persistence. If you kept writing one sentence a day without any 'holidays' you have a shot at becoming a writer. But if you wrote an eight thousand words article in a week and then took a rest of a few months or a year you are guaranteed to be a bad writer.
Doing a thing every day for a long long time can hone your skill like nothing else. There is no shortcut to it. No tutoring. No expensive courses. No masterclasses can give you that experience and skill to write in every kind of possible mood you have had. Doing a thing regularly makes it a habit. And when a thing becomes a habit, it is easy to build on it. It becomes a base on which you can build the tallest building without fear of it falling down.
Progress not Perfection
One of the things that kill a good many writers, in the beginning, is the acute sense of perfection. You know what good writing is and what you write looks and sounds horrible to your ears. You are disheartened and depressed and eventually give up.
What you need to understand is that perfection only comes with practice and even the most brilliant of writers allow themselves to make many silly mistakes in the beginning. You have to swallow the bitterness of your writing not being up to the mark if you want to go forward. In simple words, you have to write bad prose to write good prose.
So throw perfection out of the window and write what you want to write. Make manageable corrections and just publish it.
Enjoy Creative Writing
If you don't enjoy writing you will eventually give up. So write what you enjoy and enjoy what you are writing. Not everybody likes the same things in his writing. Some like the process of writing. Some like finishing it and like the applause they get when they write a good piece.
Try to figure out why you like to write. What do you get from writing? And then nurture it and make it grow. You will soon find a lot of extra energy to write more and more.
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Find your niche
Sometimes our jobs or marketing and SEO constraints force us to write on topics that we don't really like. Make sure to write something you like after writing on any of such topics.
The topics that interest you are the main spark that is driving you to write one sentence after another and page after page. Keep that spark alive or else you will lose all motivation to write anything.
Writing things that you don't really like for a long while can do that to you.
The perks of being anonymous
Anonymity has it pros as well as cons. The cons are obvious. Nobody reads you. But you have the advantage to write on anything and everything that comes into your mind. Nobody will be there to say anything to stop you in your tracks.
In this way, you will gain a lot of practice. This will also provide you with an opportunity to explore your writing and interests and find out what you are good at. These are all essential skills that we all need as writers and anonymity provide us all an opportunity to find them out and hone them.
Find out questions people ask
Find out what people are interested in these days and then write about those topics. You need to look for extra popular topics totally out of your field like pop culture etc. (If that is not your thing). Just look for topics in your own niche of interest. Follow some popular people in that field on social media and follow the news. You will eventually get a knack for subjects that people are interested in and talk about a lot. Write on those topics and you are guaranteed to get some audience. However, keeping that audience is another matter.
Try new things
Don't constraint yourself to only one kind of writing. Write poems when you get tired of prose. Write some fiction if you are a non-fiction writer. Try different writing techniques. Copy the styles of your favorite authors. Write comedic and melodramatic pieces. You might fail to write well on any of them but that does not matter. You will gain some much-needed experience and what else. You will enjoy it.
Writing might seem a daunting task at first but it is one of the most rewarding experiences. It gives you a voice. It clears your thoughts. It tells you about yourself. It is a process of self-discovery. It is an exploration of your abilities. And it is something that can help you make a living. (If you give it time.) So keep writing and discovering yourself. Your audience will come to you.
What do you think can help new writers as beginners. What helps and what can be detrimental. Let us know about your experiences in the comments.