5 Things Successful Writers Do That You Don't! (PART 1)

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Could only five minor adjustments make or break your writing career? Synova thinks so. Here are five things you can implement today to help you succeed.

Purpose!

Every successful author has a specific purpose behind their writing business. Ask yourself the following questions before you go any farther. If you cannot answer these simple questions, then you aren’t ready for the Big Time. Sorry, I don’t mean to sound harsh, but you have to be set in your own mind before you can convey anything to the world successfully.

#1. Why Do I Write?

#2. Who Do I Write?

#3. When I’m Gone What Will My Children have to tell about my writing career?

#4. Where Do I want to End Up In 5 Years?

Stop and write down these four questions on a sheet of paper. Don’t merely do this in your head. Writing it down will bury the concepts deeper into your mind. Sit back and really think about each response. Then write it down. Keep a copy nearby your workstation. This will help keep you on track.

I know it can be hard to come up with some truly meaningful answers, so I will answer them to give you an example. I have two sides to my business, so I will provide two responses for each question.

#1. Why do I write?

On the True Crime side – I write about cold cases each week to give a voice to the victims of violence. I could probably make more money if I focused on famous cases like Jon Bennett, but instead, I write about obscure cases that have been forgotten by the traditional media. This is the passion and purpose behind my writing. It is what gets me up at 5 am to study my craft. You must have a clear mission to drive you when the going gets tough.

On The Simply Biz side – I write each week to help other authors. For those of you who follow Synova Ink, you can see that I have built a small empire. I have done it all myself. I haven’t hired anyone to run my website, design my graphics, or publish my Youtube videos. I have spent thousands of hours studying, taking seminars, and working through online courses. I know how frustrating it can be not to be turning a profit on your business. I watched as several authors I know gave up on their dreams, and it broke my heart. I don’t want you to let go of the creative spark within you. This is why I write for authors.

**Don’t think that your fiction book cannot serve a purpose! Life is complicated, and 90% of people are needing and longing for entertainment. Why do you think Hollywood is so successful. People are tired, stressed, and discontent. They are looking for a way to escape the hardships of life. Your fiction book can fill this need.**

#2. Who Do I Write For?

This question focuses on your target audience. You really need to get a laser focus on them. Who are they? What do they want? Where do they hang out?

On the True Crime Side – I have a split target audience on the true-crime side of Synova Ink. First, there are the victim’s families. They have a specific set of needs and desires. Separate from those people are my True Crime Fans. I have even split this segment down even further. My target audience is women 35+, college kids going for a degree in criminal justice or law enforcement, and Law Enforcement personnel. Those are my targets, and I know what to provide for each one separately.

On the Simply Biz side – I have also split this into two target groups. I have aspiring writers who have never published a book and don’t know where to start. Then, I also have seasoned writers. Some are frustrated with their business, and some are merely looking for the next insider tip.

Find your target audience and keep them in mind when you write. It makes things so much easier, and it will require less editing later on down the road.

#3. When I’m Gone What Will My Children have to tell about my writing career?

I want my children to see me pull myself up out of depression, financial scarcity, and insecurity to become a world-famous author and entrepreneur.

I want them to tell my grandkids of all the victims’ family members I have helped and how many cases I helped to solve by generating leads for law enforcement.

What will your grandkids hear about your career?

#4. Where Do I want to End Up In 5 Years?

I want to be a New York Times best selling author, an award-winning author coach, and be titled America’s Greatest Crime Writer. What do you want? Make the goals BIG. Small goals aren’t inspiring, and they won’t push you forward.

This post is part of a blog series designed to help you with the business side of writing. Look for PART 2 next week. Also, keep your eye out for Synova’s new book Titled Ten Things Successful Writers Do That You Don’t…coming soon!

If you’d like even more help with your writing business, Synova is launching two online courses for her fellow authors.

For Newbies:

This course will focus on helping aspiring writers develop their craft and show them how to build a business from their writing. Synova will be looking for BETA testers for this course soon! If you’d like to learn more, hop on over to her Facebook Group and join in. The first ten people to sign up for this course will receive a 75% discount! You don’t want to miss the launch day!

Join Synova’s Simply Biz Facebook Group HERE


For Frustrated Authors:

This course is designed to help the seasoned author find the tips and tricks they need to further their writing business. It’s made to help those authors frustrated with their results.

This course will focus on helping aspiring writers develop their craft and show them how to build a business from their writing. Synova will be looking for BETA testers for this course soon! If you’d like to learn more, hop on over to her Facebook Group and join in. The first ten people to sign up for this course will receive a 75% discount! You don’t want to miss the launch day!

Join Synova’s Simply Biz Facebook Group HERE


5 Reasons Why Writers Give Up On Their Dreams


#1 Told Repeaditly to Stop Day Dreaming

Since when is it okay to let go of the very thing that separates us from the animal kingdom? A dog cannot imagine a new invention and change the world with it. Humans alone have this power. Think about it. Every major invention, every Fortune 500 company, every skyscraper was once a figment of a dreamer’s imagination. Don’t stop dreaming! Get back in the habit of daydreaming. (Maybe not while you’re driving.)

#2  Lack of confidence

Why, would anyone want to listen to me? Well, why not you? Who said you weren’t important? Who told you that you don’t have a unique perspective to share with the world? You are an event individual. Your experiences have shaped your perspective on life. No one else will have your particular perspective. Share it with the world. Be Fearless. You’ve got this.

#3  Lack of knowledge

 get off your tush and get it. libraries are still free. Get a library card. Self-help books abound at second-hand shops and garage sales. Take the incentive and do something to increase your knowledge on the subject that holds you back. online courses are everywhere for every price range imaginable. 99 cent books overflow from Amazon’s dates on a daily basis there is no excuse why you cannot get the knowledge you seek. Just do it already.

 Arnold Schwarzenegger says, “you can have excuses or results, but you can’t have both.” It’s time for you to decide. What do you want?

#4  Your “why” isn’t strong enough

 Why do you write? If the answer to that question isn’t strong enough, you will fail 99% of the time, guaranteed. You must have a purpose behind you to push you through the difficult times. The business of writing is tough.  The days of writing a manuscript, sending it off to a publisher, and then all of your dreams coming true have disappeared long ago. Whether you choose to be traditionally published or independently published you have to learn the business aspect behind being an author. This includes marketing. This includes advertising and sales, website development, social networking skills, and much more. If you do not have a strong reason behind why you write, then you will not have the incentive to push forward and learn all of these extra skills that are necessary to succeed as a writer.

#5   Past failures

 Everyone fails. Every writer has been rejected. Stephen King got rejected 30 times before he was published. He went on to publish 54 novels and 200 short stories. The Chicken Soup for the Soul books were rejected 144 times before they were ever published and we all know how popular those are. JK Rowling was rejected 12 times before Harry Potter ever saw the light of day. Dr. Seuss was rejected 27 times before his children’s books were ever accepted. Everyone is rejected so get over it. Move on. The winners keep pushing forward.