I recently signed up to one of Jeff Goin’s video training seminar where he talked about the Writers Framework.
This is the framework he used to launch his writing business and quit his day job.
He is an author-entrepreneur, making multiple forms of income from his writing.
He has published 4 books and has online courses helping writers write and get published.
Here are the four steps of his Writer’s Framework.
#1. Hone Your Voice
Every author had a unique story and message to say because the way they express it is unique. This is also known as the author voice. And sometimes, actually most times, it can take a while to find.
So to find your author voice, keep writing and putting your work out there. I know that I am still finding my author voice one year into blogging.
- Ask people to read your work. Ask your friends what you sound like. Comical or serious? Shy or confident? The focus here is to just get your writing out there and get feedback. One of the best ways to do this is by blogging. This is why I blog. It helps me to hone and find my voice.
- Secondly, dedicate time to the writing craft. Learn about story development. Learn how to construct powerful headlines and sentences. Learn how to convey your unique message and story. I do this by reading relevant craft books, taking on-line writing courses and attending in person workshops.
#2. Establish Your Platform
A platform is your unique podium from which you stand and lead your followers or your tribe.
This is the place where you share information and communicate to your readers. The best way to build your platform is to be relentlessly helpful to other people. Especially those that influence you.
Your platform can be a blog (which is how I am starting off with building my platform). Set up an email list and practise writing to develop a writing habit. Overcome fear and self-doubt by producing content and putting it out there.
Every time you hit ‘publish’ is one step closer to becoming the writer you want to be, earning the income you want.
- Follow and share the work of your influencers. Offer them help wherever you can.
- Leave comments on their blogs. I leave comments on the blogs and Facebook groups of my online mentors Joanna Penn and Mark Dawson. These comments should be helpful and positive.
- I usually comment on what I learnt from that particular blog post or podcast episode. And I share these resources with my community.
#3. Expand Your Reach
Build your audience by connecting to other authors and influencers. Offer your help. Be as helpful as you can and learn to network ethically, without losing your soul! This is all about increasing your sphere of influence.
- Offer to do podcast interviews or guest posts on other author blogs. Where can you make a positive contribute?
- Make a list of the authors you admire and reach out to them over email or social media.
- Can you do some copywriting for magazines?
- Write some articles for blogs or magazines?
- Land speaking opportunities based on your book?
- Speak at publishing conferences (both in person and on-line events).
#4. Going Pro
This means getting finally paid for your work! Use your writing to start an income flow by learning how to get published.
- Learn about marketing and promotion.
- Learn to treat your writing as a business and not just a hobby.
- Apply the attitude of a professional to your writing.
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