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Use technology to become a recognized storyteller

The difficult thing about writing is that either you are published or not. But both aren’t related, neither mean that if you don't have your book on bookstore stands yet, you can’t be recognized as an author. Nowadays, thanks to the marvelous technologies, we can find thousands of ways to get published online, become renowned and get read by thousands of readers… even more people than the ones visiting those bookstores that you once envied.

So, let’s clarify the obvious. In order to be a good writer, you need to develop a fascinating writing style, and a consistent storytelling flow. That’s something that improves with practice, time, reading and caring about it. But there are somes tools that can help you in the quest of getting yourself known and read. To be a writer you only have to write, but the be an author you have to be read, and for that, you need to sell you, and your content. You need to learn how to market yourself, build a fanbase, expand your circle, and get exposed; because publishers love authors that are “commercial” as they say, and this is part of it. The more you make people follow your writings, the more publishers will look at you as a golden ticket.

And as we said before, technology gives us 3 tools to build our name as a brand.

1) Social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc… Those social networks are very useful for marketing yourself as a writer. You only need to learn how to promote your own work and gain loyal followers. Pro tip: don’t be shy to show yourself. Remember that writers remain unknown if nobody reads them. You can find communities that already exist, and join them, which allows you to create a circle, learn from other writers and start building a diverse network.

2) Digital publishing platforms: These ones are highly recommended, and the ones that you have to seek. What is great is that you don’t have to marry any: you can several at a time - the key is to be everything, be reachable; expand your content to everywhere you can. Most of them are even free, and some of them allow you to even monetize, like Inkspired or Amazon. They also take away all of those financial risks of printing your own book, which requires time and money. These platforms allow you to create a profile and enter an already existing community, who will read your fiction stories and give you feedback. They open the opportunity to publish your stories serially, and edit each chapter as many times possible. Some of them even have writing tips, templates; book covers options, or money contributions for your creative stories, like Inkspired. And you can either use it in your computer or in your mobile. Nowadays there are a lot of writing platforms to help storytellers, and Inkspired is aware that each one of them is useful. So we created a specialized tool called Inkspired Writer, which besides helping authors to improve and edit their fiction stories in the process of writing, it allows them to write smarter and publish in multiple digital platforms at the same time. Being in this kind of platforms gives you the opportunity to be read by people from all parts of the world. After all, that’s what tech does… break down the borders. And you should take advantage of it.

3) Blog: These ones are “classic” for a good reason: If you use them well, they can help you in million ways. You can start by introducing your name into communities. A blog is free, simple to use and personalize and easy to read. It amplifies your professional network and connects you with people around the globe. A blog is a presentation card. If you start looking, almost every writer has one. Nowadays there is even a “professional name” for it: called blogger. Inkspired also allows you to start your own blog, for the same reason.

Feb. 17, 2017, 8:27 p.m. 0 Report Embed 4

Writing as a career

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Often, there is many people who think that if your dream is to become a writer, you’ll not have a “good” future, unless, of course, you become a famous published author. But that is not entirely true. You do have a future if you are a writer. And the first thing you need to do is to choose the type of writer you want to be, and make the most out of it.

A writer isn’t only the novelist who sits alone in some remote place and start writing a book of hundred pages. There are different types of writers and even different careers involving the art of words. For example, there are journalists, creative writers, copy writers, novelists, poets, web writers and editors, and according to the one you choose, you can find a job in different industries, such as newspapers, universities, schools, magazines, web pages, marketing agencies, any type of business that requires writing skills, or even a successful author of a fiction series with an audience in digital platforms like Inkspired. 

But how do you know which type of writer are you? If you have problems figuring it out, try as many different types of storytelling as you can; that’s the only way to discover it.

Once you already know which path are you going to follow, the second thing you have to do is to get a writing education. We know that being a writer, as well as being an artist, is something you are born with, but it’s also something you educate yourself into: like a mindset. It’s necessary to put that talent into training, so it grows correctly, and becomes better, more mature. It’s like when you practice a sport. In order to be the best, you need hard training.

For writing, you can choose literature courses, or something similar. To do it professionally, a a degree might be good, but nothing will flourish without actual writing, and practice. Expanding your network also is a key aspect that most of us, writers forget. It is essential in this career, as it will open you many doors to possibilities. Be social!

The other positive aspect of creating a future as a writer is that you can become a self-employed freelancer, as the majority of the writers do (two-thirds according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). And being a freelancer allows you to work for many magazines, or newspapers, editorials or agencies. You will be able to manage your own time and save your own writing style. But you must know that there will be times that you’ll have to write about things you don’t like, but that will get you experience, focus and identity.

The third thing you need to do is to work, or do an internship and create your own portfolio with all your writings. Maybe you can create a blog, or a webpage, or upload your fiction stories on Inkspired (getinkspired.com) or any other digital platform like Medium, because you’ll never know when someone important could discover your content and suddenly call you to work with him/her. Trust us, you’ll never know. And nowadays, through internet, everything can easily be found but you need to be traceable.

And our last advice: it’s always better to get specialized in something. It’s not fundamental, but specializing in a subject or type of writing, will allow you to grow and focus more on it, and you can be known because of that. Not just as a “good writer”, but as the best sport journalist, or the best romantic novelist, or the most creative fiction writer in fantasy worlds…

So what are you waiting for? Writers have to write. Go and start. Here at Inkspired is a good place to start it out, and publish your first chapter, and see where it goes from there.

Feb. 10, 2017, 4:33 p.m. 0 Report Embed 4

The better the reader, the better the writer


You have finished. Finally, you got to the end of your story, or to the end of that “eternal” chapter. So, it’s time to take a break; breaks can be a productivity investment. But, then that little voice starts whispering in your subconscious: the inevitable worry about the consistency of your own creativity - is your story worth reading?

As writers we are familiar with this kind of worries, and the reality is that the fear will never go away, although you can learn to manage it. And here we have for you some useful tips to edit your writing correctly and be more secure about it.

First of all, (and even if it sounds obvious) you need to read. You can’t just write and not re read you over and over again. The thing is that the more you read your own pieces, more mistakes you will correct. So, read your story at least 3 times. By doing this, you will become your own editor without losing your style. And when you think your story is perfect, read it one last time. We believe that it’s better to get tired of reading yourself, than later regret for some mistakes.

Second, read your story out loud. At least, one time you should do it aloud. According to Peter Elbow, in his University work about writing, “reading aloud intensifies our own words’ experience by increasing our bodily experience them: we get to feel them with our mouths and hear them in our ears and indeed experience them in our bodies--not just see with the eye and understand with the mind. Multiple channels of perception give us a much richer and stronger experience of language. When we revise, we come at our words from the outside, but reading aloud takes that outside perspective and puts it inside us”. When you read aloud is like you are reading to someone else, so you’ll have a better perception of the tone you’re using, where are the grammar pauses, or the strong parts; and what is the sensation you’re getting.

Third, give your text to someone else; yes, really. Choose someone wisely and ask him/her to read your story. Sometimes we are so into our writing and reading that we miss our own mistakes, or we write phrases that are not quite understandable. Is better that someone with fresh ideas and an outside view read your drafts. That’s the job of editors at the level of professional writing because you can’t be unbiased by your own text. Sometimes you’re not going to follow everything they say, but you can get some clues of what to improve, and when you need to put some more time.

And last, but not least, READ OTHER AUTHORS. Even if you are doing your own work, you should also be reading other books. Reading someone with a different perspective and style, even language, makes you to open your mind to new forms of storytelling - the art of saying the same things, in different ways, with different words, and styles. It’s a total art; and you will need that specially to describe your character’s unique behaviours and views.

As we always say, the better the reader, the better the writer. 

Feb. 6, 2017, 2:26 p.m. 0 Report Embed 6

The pen or the keyboard? That's the question

Once upon a time there were people that used their pen to write beautiful poems, inspiring stories, amazing novels, incredible fiction or just a diary… There were many that kept a journal or a notebook where they used to collect all their work. We can even watch in movies how people used to be inspired by writing beside the lake or the ocean. And when a writer died, his/her journal remained as a legacy.

But then technology came to change the way we write and read. Now it has became easier and practical. You can write, edit, write, and edit again as you go, and you can do it faster. Nowadays you can publish online on digital platforms like Inkspired where everyone can access your content instantaneously. With this you even obtain readers and feedback. Your legacy as a writer is not based on a physical journal anymore: it lies on the vast internet.

However, with all the fuss of digital publishing, sometimes we ask ourselves: which experience is really better? Handwriting, or typing? Pen and paper, or a computer and the internet where there is no borders? Which one would make you a better writer, or a better novelist? Well, even though is a good question to think about, the bad news is that there is no real answer. It all depends on your vision as writer.

If we talk about pen and paper, we know we are talking about a natural born writer. They are easy to use and EVERYONE has them. They are also very easy to transport. A notebook can be the best travel mate. It doesn’t only increase you inspiration, but also your capacity to pay attention to what you are living. One of the most important things about the paper is that you can keep yourself away from distractions and you can just write. That’s the reason why some people feel more inspired to write on paper, because you don’t have all this extra windows or the internet to distract you from your story. It’s just you and your pen.

But the computer is also the powerful one for some reason. It has begun to take the place of pen a paper because of its easier way of writing and editing a story with a lot of tools to help you with that. If you don’t like a phrase you can just delete it without ruin the whole text. And also it will be very legible. If someone else’s read your story they will understand easily, and you will do it too.

There is people that hours after writing something, they don’t even understand what they wrote. Typing saves you from that, and from the terror of losing your precious notebook. In a computer you can save your writings in a cloud, or the mail, or even in platforms like Inkspired, and it will stay there forever. The computer allows you to count your words, to have a grammar corrector and also to investigate things for your own story.

Maybe handwriting and typing are not two separated things, but complementary after all. Spark your creativity in the traditional way… be you, be free to write and erase, and take it with you to where the magic happens, and then… just then, take it down to the keyboard, and most importantly: publish it, and share it with the world. After all, a writer becomes an author when someone reads him.

Feb. 2, 2017, 10:57 a.m. 1 Report Embed 4
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