There’s a lot of talk these days about getting yourself a presence on social media, upping your profile, selling yourself, marketing your work, using every angle and every connection in order to “get out there,” hustle your product, hit the bestseller lists, make a splash.
This post is just to remind you that none of this is what writing is about.
Writing is about finding out who you are, what you have to say that is not the same as what everyone else has to say, and how to express it in the strongest possible terms.
The point of writing is to tell a story with your insight, the perspective that only you have.
The point of writing is to think deeply and to inform, entertain, communicate your insight with your readers.
The point of writing is to seek truth. And it doesn’t matter how you do that, or whether you’re writing thrillers or detective stories or comedies, or picture books for children. Truth is what will give your work resonance and power and make it worth reading long after you’ve spent the money that someone may or may not have paid you for your work.
Writers are not marketing experts or salesmen. Although these qualities are required of nearly all writers these days, it is vitally important not to forget that the job is to write, not to get a high score on Goodreads.
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