You’ve discovered that you can write a few poetry lines or that you have a big imagination, but you’re too nervous to share any of your work with more than just a few close ones…
This feeling is pretty common with a lot of writers. No one wants to be criticised or judged for a talent they take pride in. You want everyone to love your work. Let’s be honest. How many authors do you know whose books haven’t gotten a bad rating? Exactly. None. Even the best writers get bad reviews because it’s normal that everyone won’t appreciate your art. That shouldn’t stop you from sharing your work with the hundreds, possible thousands of people who will love it. Start out small. Tumblr for instance which is a website that allows you to post pictures, quotes, thoughts and much more! If you write poetry, then you can make cool edits with some of your writings using apps like picsart or websites like ipiccy. These programs make it easy to write on images, add stickers, and make awesome edits to post on tumblr.
Using hashtags are a MUST. Adding these to your posts helps draw views from people who are interested in things related to your post. Some of the most popular hashtags are:
As you may or may not know, I’m a self-published author who was like you at one point and I still question my writing sometimes. What I write is nowhere near perfect. Just relatable. Tumblr is where I got inspired. It’s where my work felt appreciated. That’s where my writing journey began. It all started with one night. I was feeling sad. I missed someone who wasn’t there. I picked up my phone and thought why not post how I’m feeling? Who’ll see it anyway right? Wrong. Not one, not two, but over 200 people read, liked and reblogged my post. Maybe in someway they related to it. Maybe it made them feel like they weren’t alone. Or maybe they just liked how organic the words were. I wasn’t trying to write anything special to get views, nor was I trying to structure it in a poem-like form. Never in a million years did I think something I wrote would get 2000+ notes (check it out here).
I started reading Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon, and chapter 2 got me. “Write the book you want to read”. I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, and at some point I took an interest in writing my own stories. Making my own imaginary worlds. Being able to make the characters do or eat whatever I like. Years later (literally) is when I fell in love with poetry, and when I came across this book and these words. I wanted people to be able to pick up my book, read it, and not be able to stop until the very last page. My goal was to make it all so real for them to be able to relate to almost, if not every page. That’s the kind of book I’d want to read. I wrote and wrote, and finally August 10th came; the day my book was released to the world. I can say that before publishing it, my emotions were on a roller coaster. I was excited, nervous, and anxious all at the same time. I thought “What if no one likes it?” and little did I know that I would be an inspiration to my readers. Moral of the story here is to write. Keep writing until you have a 60-page (at least) book. In the mean time post some of your work online and share it with all of the readers out there. Trust me. People will be falling in love with your work. I want to thank those 200+ readers for encouraging me to write my very first poetry and prose book. I hope after reading this, you get encouraged too!