You can search on the web almost anything. You can find a vast amount of knowledge mixed with crazy and simply silly things. As a writer, we want to be able to reach an audience. We want to know what is out there and where we might fit. There are blogs, articles and links to places where you can get suggestions on marketing, media, publishing, everything you would ever need. If you move past the articles, you get into the comments. You see the debates and the negativity, the things that people say aren’t working or that are working. It is just a constant back and forth and at times it just gets a little heavy and depressing.
Pursuing a career in any creative field is often depressing and discouraging. Arts are subjective and people with either like them or not and there is really not much you can do about it. There are people who commented on self-publishing articles that talk about writing six or seven novels and never finding success. There are those who talk about writing and promoting and saying that blogs/social networking is a waste of time.
There is so much information out there that it could make your head spin! Knowledge is power, they say, but is it ever too much? I think that there does come a time when no matter what you are doing, you can over saturate yourself. Sometimes we just need to do what it is that we want and see where it takes us. We all want to succeed and we have to understand our markets, of course, but just like with a test we can be over prepared.
Sometimes we just need to step back, breathe and allow our drive to take over. Most people that succeed do so in many ways. You succeed because you have something good and something worth reading or seeing. There are those who are good that do fall through the cracks, but then it comes to promoting and marketing. If you have something, create a need for it. People have books and art, but make them need what it is you are writing or selling. Don’t allow yourself to get lost in the mix, do whatever it is you have to so that you can succeed.
Just like a lot of celebrities do to get noticed, you have to take a risk. Sometimes it seems like a little too much or that it is done in bad taste, but if people are talking that is the idea right? Bad publicity is better than no publicity. You can find success being known for doing awful, of course most of us don’t want that, but we simply must find the way that we thrust ourselves into the spotlight. What do you need to do to get noticed? Strive to succeed and put your best foot forward and then see where all of your hard work and dedication takes you. Go along the journey with others, we are all struggling to get by so let’s help each other.