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How To Stand Out As A Writer

March 13th, 2021

In this digitally enhanced world, everyone is a writer. You can write for social media, blogs, thirdparty websites, and even write a book and self-publish it. Writing is everywhere for they say “Content is king”.

However, amid this sea of words and an urge to receive recognition as a writer, what truly works? Before social media, writers would spend years perfecting their prose and then, struggle to find a publisher. The number of rejections was depressing. Today, you don’t need a publisher, perhaps not even a coach to make you a proficient writer. You buy a domain, build a website, and start writing Voilà, you are a writer. Sounds easy? No, it is not.

As per Worldometer 2020 data, more than 4.4 million blog posts are submitted every day. Each of them competing to find room on the first page of the search. How many of them succeed? Roughly 10 or 20 of them. Can you imagine, only a tiny fraction of these 4.4 million posts come across the Internet users?

What makes these posts stand out? What makes you a trustworthy writer or blogger? In other words, what’s the secret to equating your name with the word “writer”? If you run a search, most of the websites run duplicate content to earn revenue. Those who do it merely for cash inflow, let it be. What troubles me is, how much are they helping the users? How much are they learning? At the end of the day, what have they truly accomplished?

Here’s what I think is important:

  1. Don’t just write words, live them instead.
  2. Try to invent new concepts of your own. For example, catch-22 by Joseph Heller, doublethink by George Orwell.
  3. Explore your creative thinking. You have the potential to offer something fresh to the readers.
  4. Learn to market and design. These sound extra and overburdening. Though, you know, subconsciously, the only articles, you read online, are because of good marketing and attractive design. You don’t need to be an expert. You only need to be aware of the right place and right opportunity.
  5. Be research-oriented. Dedicate a bit of your time to understand your readers. What kind of social media are they using? What types of slang are popular among them?
  6. You need mixed reviews to validate your writing for different readers. So, take the guidance of your family and friends. Even better, take the help of a writing coach.

In summary, your creativity is your identity. It’s up to you  how much you explore it and, eventually, stand out as a writer.

 

Prachi Sharma Tavishi is a freelance writer and web developer. She runs dozens of blogs and websites based on technology, arts and design, business, astrology, anime, and so on. Feel free to contact her at www.pstavishi.com

 

 

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