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Peter Eleazar has been publishing a great series around writing, called the 7 Habits of Great Writers. I’ve been enjoying it and his latest post, entitled Write Right, has helped me realise a few things about my own writing that need improving.
For one, I think I’ve always been particularly bad at marketing. In an effort to distance myself from what I call an American type of branding and make my writing more about content than celebrity, I have kind of fallen short of really getting my work or name out there successfully.
For me I don’t want to write books full-time for fame and fortune, I want to write books full-time to make a difference and just put good stuff out there. Right now I am a full-time writer, in the sense that I am the deputy editor for gaming.do.co.za and work on projects here and there, but I’m not writing opinion columns for the newspapers enough nor am I working hard enough on my blog / other outlets to really challenge people the way I would like to.
So I think I need to step this up a little. For one, I’ve been working on revamping my website ryanpeterwrites.com and should get that finished.
For those other writers reading this, head over to Eleazar’s site and check out his pointers. They’re inspiring and challenging, something we all need from time to time, especially since it often feels to me that the art of writing has been lost to a culture of celebrity.