I was one of those writers flabbergasted to find out I had to start building a platform. When I heard that countless agents advised new/unpublished writers to start a blog to get readers I thought, “How in the heck am I supposed to attract readers who don’t even know who I am? Why would they care what an unpublished writer has to say?” I believed writing a blog was a better strategy for writers with a following.
But it made sense to also ask, “Where did these published writers get their following?” Maybe they taught workshops. Maybe they went to conferences and made speeches. Maybe they started a blog.
For more on this check out: How to Build a Platform
And yet, I remained firm that I could hold off on starting my blog until I was published, but then I watched Julie & Julia for the first time. This is a movie about how Julia Child published Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and how a woman, Julie Powell, started blogging about her challenges to cook every recipe in Julia Child’s book in one year.
I enjoyed this cozy movie by Nora Ephron and while I was watching it, ideas for blogs circulated in my mind. To say it gave me unrealistic ideas about how quick I’d get readers was an understatement. In the movie, Julie’s readers send her goodies, she’s interviewed for the NY Times, and receives deal offers from agents, editors, and TV networks.
Despite the big expectations, I was thoroughly entranced by the idea of blogging and connecting with people on what I love most...writing. I instantly knew I wanted to create 52 blog posts about writing a novel from beginning to end. My blog title, Write with Fey, came to me easily. Fey is from my pen name and since my blog is about writing, asking readers to write with me was a no brainer.
TIP: If you're a writer, I would advise blogging about something in addition to writing. All writers blog about writing. If that's all you do, you'll only attract writers, not readers. This is something I learned.
My blogging journey may not be like Julie Powell’s...it’s better because it's my journey! And I owe Julie & Julia for starting me on this path, because it was the best thing I ever did for my writing career.
Stay tuned for Monday's post...Blogging 101.
QUESTION: How did you decide to start blogging? Have you seen the movie Julie & Julia?
Unicorn Bell: This is my debut week as co-host on Unicorn Bell, so I decided to re-blog 3 old posts that I believe many writers can find useful. Today's post is How to Beautify Your Manuscript.