The hardest part of being a writer and having this deep knowledge that your words deserve to be read, is knowing your words are not being read. Every writer’s been there, inside their own head thinking of ways to get your writing noticed.
Some people pay managers. Some people struggle their entire writing career without being seen. Well, I’m here to help the writer, the freelancer, the blogger, and the entrepreneur get your writing noticed.
Thanks to the Internet at our fingertips, we have free resources available to us writers looking for an outlet to showcase our inspirational words. In case your mind is running a blank here are five resources to get your writing noticed today.
Please, use one or use all five (I do), because this writer gig isn’t for everyone. The more you work to get your writing noticed, the more exposure your words are going to get.
1. Get Your Writing Noticed with A Blog
It seems like everyone is starting a blog these days, right? Well, I jumped on that bandwagon over a year ago, and I’ve become a better writer and worker thanks to running my own blog.
As a new mother staying home full time, I began searching for something to make me less restless and to fulfill my missing creative outlet. I turned to starting a blog as my side hustle when my daughter was 9 months old, and I felt more like me again.
Not only can blogging fulfill the creative outlet writers crave, but a blog can be another showcase of your writing capabilities, overall knowledge on certain topics, creativity, and hard work.
For example, a potential freelance client is looking for a blog writer to write one blog post a week about pets. You just happen to have a blog containing posts all about pets. Your writing samples and experience are going to be hard for other applicants to compete with.
The best part about starting a blog: It’s free! Yes, you can easily create a WordPress account, choose a free theme, and get writing. In the future you may choose to self-host your blog, but that’s an entire different blog post.
Another option to get your writing noticed is guest posting. If you’re a writer with extensive knowledge on a certain subject, then you can reach out to other bloggers who write to a larger audience than yours. You most likely will not get paid for your blog post. However, you’ll be given the opportunity to provide a short bio, your photo, a link back to your site and/or social media pages.
2. Get Your Writing Noticed with Comments
Networking is important in order to grow as a individual, artist, and worker in almost any job setting. Writing is no different. I think a lot of people hold this image of writers as “loners” hunched over a computer or book not interested in talking to anyone else.
Some of us writers may be this way, but in my experience if you want to get your writing noticed, then you’re going to have to push past your introvert comfort zone and talk to other writers. Don’t worry, we don’t have to do this in person. 😉
A perfect way to network with other bloggers, freelance writers, and entrepreneurs is to comment on their writing. If you actually communicate with others writers, even those who have a larger audience than yourself, you are putting yourself out there as a writer and a potential employee.
You’ll begin to build relationships with other writers, and they’ll notice you first then possibly your writing.
I’m not saying you have to go around sucking up to all the people on the Internet. But if you read an article that really interested you or gave you good information, then leave a comment thanking the author for sharing.
I suggest leaving comments once a day on other writers’ work. It doesn’t take much time, even 15 minutes at the end of the day will do. As long as you’re making an effort to network with others, and not just focusing on you, you, you.
3. Get Your Writing Noticed with an Ebook
A lot of bloggers and writers are choosing to publish their own books online in the form of an ebook to get their writing noticed. An ebook is simply an electric version of a printed book, and the Internet has made it simpler than ever to publish stories, self-help books, cookbooks, etc. using the ebook format.
I’m working on an ebook at the moment that I hope to make available for purchase this May.
Basically, the publishing market is very competitive and it can take years for a publishing company to “say yes” to publishing your book. If you look on Amazon, you’ll see a plethora of ebooks available for purchase.
People have their opinions about self-publication, but I’ve seen the most impact in the blogging world when it comes to ebooks. Ebooks become a form of passive income for bloggers, so once they publish an ebook specific to their audience’s needs and it becomes a hit, then their income stream is unlimited as long as people still need the information in the ebook.
The most common form of an ebook I’ve seen is one written and formatted in Google Docs or Microsoft Word and then converted to a PDF. This is a wonderful free option to get your writing noticed.
One example is from Suzi from StartAMomBlog. Suzi created her first ebook titled Blog by Number and since then has created more. I purchased this ebook and I’ve learned so much valuable information for my blogging journey.
Knowing she created the product for free just blows my mind. I think back to the day when in order to get your writing noticed the only possible way was to get published by a company. Now the possibilities seem endless.
4. Get Your Writing Noticed by Publishing on a Writing Site
An example of a writing site is Medium in which you can publish your content in hopes to get your writing noticed. All you need to do is create a free profile and start publishing.
I will say Medium isn’t for the novice writers, though. You will find great writing including personal pieces, opinion pieces, fact-backed pieces, news pieces, etc.
Some bloggers use Medium to repost their blog content because of it’s larger audience, and then at the end of the post it states “this post was originally published on XYZ.com.” This could drive more traffic to your personal blog.
Using Writing Sites such as Medium isn’t a for sure way to get your writing noticed, but it gives us writers a shot. It’s another platform to express our creativity, and it’s another community of fellow writers to be apart of.
5. Get Your Writing Noticed through Social Media
This may seem like a no brainer, but time and time again I come across writers who are trying to do too much at once. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can all be great platforms to showcase your work, but you need to focus on one completely before moving onto the next platform (if you even choose to).
For example, when I first started blogging I thought I had to be on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook constantly sharing, commenting, tweeting. It became overwhelming. Then, I decided to just focus on Facebook.
Guess where most of my non-organic traffic comes from: Facebook.
Social Media platforms are great free resource for getting your writing noticed not only because you post your work on them, but because of networking capabilities. This may seem like Writing 101 to you, but in all seriousness not a lot of people use the power of social media platforms to grow their business.
Get on a social media platform and master it’s algorithm if possible. The more you share your work on social media, the more likely your writing will be noticed.
*Tip* Pinterest is not a social media platform. Pinterest is a search engine (think Google) so you should utilize it like such.
If you’re a budding writer or an experienced writer looking for more opportunities to get your writing noticed today, then I hope this list helps.
Are you utilizing any of these five free resources now? If so, how are they working for you? Let me know in the comments, and I’d love to connect with you!
Jessica Kromer – Purposeful Writer