I have followed these steps myself, all the tips I mention are things I learnt in my time researching and learning!
It will take time to grow but these steps will help you
Before you can become a successful writer you need to take a lot of things into consideration. You need to be fully committed in every way and put in enough hours to your platform to grow. You can't write a book and immediately become the next J K Rowling or Stephen King. You need to work hard building yourself an author platform, here are a couple of things you can consider.
Research, research, research!
My first tip would be to do all the research possible. You can randomly decide one day that you want to become a writer but the key to being successful is to research. You want to make sure that you have a basic writing knowledge, how to go about marketing yourself, the pros and cons of self publishing verses traditional publishing. This should always be your first step in anything you want to do correctly. Don’t skip this step.
Make a Twitter Page
Another big step in getting a following would be to make yourself a Twitter page for your author platform. You can opt to go big on other platforms and I actually encourage you to have as many social media platforms as possible. The more places where you have a voice and are present is more places you can tell people about your work. There are good and bad things about all social medias but Twitter is by far the social media that you can grow quickest from to be a writer. The first bit of advice I got on how to be successful was to make a Twitter page ASAP and start to build a following.
Publish your work online
This step is rather daunting for people who are overly critical of their work. You will need to come to terms that there will always be people who don't like what you write, it might just be something they are not interested in rather than the writing being bad. This could be on a website like HubPages, Medium or WattPad. There are also chances to make money from publishing writing. I would recommend entering writing contests, as many as possible, as you might get a review for your work. Even if you enter a writing contest and get rejected it’s still a better experience then never trying.
Make a blog and start writing
Start a blog! I know this is a rather hard thing to do and you could do this as a way to money (just remember that it's not easy to make money quickly from blogging) or you could just do it for fun. It's a great way to get traffic if you start a blog after you have somewhat built a platform on social media because you can simply post your blog link with a few hashtags. A blog will be slow progress but the more you stick in and be consistent with the uploads the better. Having a weekly blog for the people that view your website is a good way to get people to come back to your website.
Get yourself on YouTube!
A good way to get yourself out there and grow confidence is to start a YouTube channel. This is quite a hard thing to hear as an introvert but if you have the confidence to put yourself out there you should give it ago. It is also one of the more expensive things to try out especially considering how it might not go anywhere fast. You need a camera, editing software and multiple other things to make a good channel but if it works out it could be a brilliant asset to help you grow your platform in the end.
Making goals along the way will help you stick to them!
Don't forget why you need a platform
The reason you need to have a following on social media is because no matter which way you decide to publish your work, you will need to market yourself. The sooner you get a place for marketing the better because followers will come slowly at first. Remember with growing a platform that consistency is key.
It's very daunting to hear that you may need to be present daily if you, like me, have a full time job. But if you want to make it you need to put in the hours and make a place for yourself.
Having someone along the way to support you in all you want to achieve is a real motivator to continue pushing on.
Don’t be afraid to share your progress.
Be confident and remember to see the good things.
© 2020 Terri Allen
Terri Allen (author) from Scotland on December 28, 2020:
Thank you everyone for your positive comments!
Jawahar Govind from Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India on December 28, 2020:
Namaste. Valuable insights into writing. Thank you.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 27, 2020:
Useful advice and tips. I share my work regularly on Facebook and Twitter, and LinkedIn and Medium just occasionally.
Terri Allen (author) from Scotland on December 27, 2020:
I agree, definitely takes time to grow. Mix that in with other obligations such as full time working and it can be easy to remember. My best advice is to stick to it!
I’m glad you enjoyed reading!
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 27, 2020:
I am on social media but it does take alot of time.
When life tosses you a roadblock there are times when you cannot give attention to them all.
I would only pick the ones you can answer and try not to fall behind.
Interesting article. I enjoyed the read.