Reading wasn’t a big part of my life in grade school or in high school. When I had to read a book for a class, I only read the absolute minimum required by my instructors. Every time I opened a book, I started daydreaming about horses and fields. I wanted to be outside exploring, not reading.
It wasn’t until college that I discovered the joy of reading. My college courses exposed me to a wide range of reading material. I devoured books on politics, feminist theory, and multi-cultural studies. I finally embraced my inner geek and loved it!
The more I read, the more I wanted to write. But I was scared to share my work because I wasn’t a trained writer. I didn’t have a degree in literature or creative writing.
When I discovered the wonderful world of blogs and ebooks, I realized that I could publish my own writing. I didn’t have to go back to school for an MFA in creative writing. With digital media I had the means to do-it-myself. So I decided to start my own blog.
Publishing my writing online has helped me become a better writer and has given me the opportunity to connect with like minded authors. I publish digital content regularly and have been working on a print book too. And the thing is, none of this would have happened without my blog. Blogging has served as an educational tool and as my writing portfolio that has helped me get freelance work and sell my ebooks. I’ve discovered that publishing articles, essays, and books in the digital form can lead to many opportunities.
If you’re a writer, I highly recommend starting your own blog. It’s a great way to showcase your writing, make a little bit of money, and have a whole lot of fun.
If you’re thinking about publishing your poems, essays, or ebooks in the digital form, consider these options:
1. Think about the type of digital platform you want to use. The great thing about publishing online is that there are plenty of options. You can start a blog, a micro-magazine or send out weekly letters.
2. Don’t underestimate the power of a good editor. Effective editing will purify your ideas and make your writing clearer to the reader. Have someone read over your work before you publish content online. For example, my blog posts and essays are edited by my husband, Logan. When it comes to selling your work, hire a professional editor. I found a great editor to review all of my ebooks and it made a tremendous difference in the quality of the finished product.
3. Get started and share your work with others. There’s no reason to let your writing sit in your journal or on a laptop. You don’t have to wait for a gatekeeper, like a traditional publisher, to say your work is publishable. You can publish your work today. Share your work with others, teach through words, and foster your own creativity.
Last Words . . .
If you had told me ten years ago, that I would be making a living through writing I would have laughed and rolled my eyes. And I know I wouldn’t be writing if it weren’t for books and blogs. Both digital and print publications have helped me transition from a passive reader to a writer. More importantly, reading books and blogs gave me the courage to start sharing my work with others and that’s a beautiful thing.
Note: This was originally written for the Cheek Teeth blog.