Recently I met a young writer from Nashville, TN, who has published three books on inspirational writing and has a popular blog. His books on Amazon are: The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing; Wrecked: When A Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life; You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)
He was in Raleigh this weekend to conduct a writing workshop that was sponsored by two local non-profit organizations. Lemonade International sponsors projects in Guatemala, and HelpOneNow sponsors projects in Haiti. A local marketing company that works with non-profits, REACH, also sponsored the ½ day workshop.
Here are my notes from the workshop:
- Your platform is your message, but it’s not about you
- You are sharing with others and providing a service by helping people, change their lives
- You have to pursue your writing with passion and discipline and quit chasing different ideas
- Fear of failure is the biggest stumbling block
- Take the next step and make network connections
- Your audience is waiting for you to find them (not the reverse)
- You are building a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion
- Pick your subject and then focus (don’t drift from various topics)
- What is it about you that makes you unique?
- What is your world view or perspective that is interesting?
- The internet amplifies personal off-line relationships
- It’s not who you know; it’s who you help
- Find friends, serve fans, earn patrons
- Relationships and connections are more important than money
- You can outlast those who are lucky and outwork those who are lazy
- You can choose how to spend your life so choose to live in the moment and have trust and faith rather than live in fear