Connecting with other writers can help you sell your writing, increase your blog readership, and make you a successful writer! These tips for building a strong writers network are from George Angus of Tumblemoose – he’s one of the most community-minded scribes I know.
Before his tips, a quip:
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” – Herman Melville.
Says George: “We are the most fortunate generation of writers there has ever been. Instantly, we can put our writing out into the world, receive feedback and connect with other purveyors of the craft.” Connecting with other writers helps us figure out who we are as writers and connects us in an isolating land.
For more tips on being a successful writer, read 100 Simple Ways to Become a More Inspired, Successful and Fearless Writer by Jennifer Lawler.
And, here are George’s tips for building a strong writers network…
5 Tips for Building a Strong Writers Network
1. Be present in a community. Which community does not really matter; it can be one of your own making or one of your own choosing, but your presence there is very important. This community can be the blogs you visit on a regular basis or a favorite writer’s forum – whatever works for you. To connect with other writers, visit your regulars and contribute often. (For more info about connecting for success, read 8 Networking Tips for Writers).
2. Give 100%. A long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away) I was sitting in the dentist’s office on the eve of my wedding. The very wise and sage-like hygenist gave me these words of wisdom: “Marriage is not a 50/50 proposition. Give 100% and expect nothing in return.” This pearl will help you in all aspects of your life. To build a strong writers network, give 100%! Give your thoughts and advice freely, without expecting anything in return. Giving builds trust and community.
3. Give a little more. Every time I do this, I find I’ve made a valuable friend. I’ve given a free copy of my e-book (The Writing Experience) to someone who I felt would really put it to use. What I’ve received in return is way more than $9.95. At some point in the future, I’ll be able to learn something from them – and that is the greatest form of currency I know.
4. Be consistent. Building a strong writers network, keeping meaningful connections alive, and engaging with other writers is hard work. You need to be active nearly every day. It’s easy to let blog commenting go a few days and before you know it, a week has gone by and the blog posts are “stale.
5. Engage people who have different opinions or outlooks. Someone on Twitter let me know that a blog, which I hadn’t seen before, had a different take on a subject I wrote about. The author was in a full-on tirade and basically blasted my view to smithereens. I could have been defensive and pointed out to him the error of his ways. Instead, I posted a congenial and thoughtful post, giving him credit for his valid points. Since then we have been actively engaging each other; I’ve learned a lot from him and he makes me laugh most every day. (For info on Twitter for writers, read Twitter Benefits for Freelance Writers).
Fellow scribes, how do you engage and connect with other writers? Comments welcomebelow!
George Angus is the owner of Tumblemoose Writing Services and author of The Writing Experience.