Friday, June 18, 2021

Growing Your Authorship ID


by Deborah Lyn Stanley

In the world of writing and authorship, success depends upon visibility. Website Platform contains all the ways our work is found using metadata and SEO search tools. We often hear about brand. Brand is who you are, built-up by your words, and the graphics you choose. We aim to communicate with clarity and deliver inspiring content that motivates action.

Every piece you write advances expert status in your field. That’s what leveling up is about. A consistent writing practice, free writing and exploring various forms will expand your experience and stretch your skills. What if you find a style or form that captures your attention and inspires a change of direction—maybe Essays, Literary Journalism, Poetry, Journals or Storytelling. How about book reviews or writing true stories?

The key thing is to understand your creative process, go with it and know for whom you are writing. Do you use mind maps, post-it notes on a whiteboard for brainstorming, an inspiration collage board, music, writing at a coffee shop, or solo in your office? Follow your style. Then be ready to pitch your ideas to readers for feedback. What topics would be of most interest? If you belong to a group on Facebook, setting up a survey is easy. Otherwise send out a survey to your online subscribers, and post it on your website or blog.

Writing for your niche audience is a worthwhile endeavor. The focus becomes a message for their benefit and inspiration. The reader finds value, tells others and returns to see your next article.

A theme that best serves the reader’s needs also applies to writing in a series. Series writing guides the author’s focus, consistently meeting the reader’s expectations.

A great tool for creativity and research is your commonplace book or journal.
Use it for writing your next article, essay or blog post.

Helpful Links:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson: How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically:
How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: on Amazon   

Telling True Stories: Nonfiction Writer’s Guide–Multiple Contributors

Commonplace Books: History & Tips

Deborah Lyn Stanley is an author of Creative Non-Fiction. She writes articles, essays and stories. She is passionate about caring for the mentally impaired through creative arts.
Visit her My Writer’s Life website at:   
Visit her caregiver’s website:

Mom & Me: A Story of Dementia and the Power of God’s Love




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Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

I am very proud to have my work mentioned in your suggested links! Thank you, DeborahLyn!

Terry Whalin said...

Deborah Lyn,

What a great article to help writers make sure every article they write is to the right target audience. There is an old saying if you aim at nothing, you will be sure to hit it. Focusing on your target with every piece is a critical part of the process.

author of 10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed

Karen Cioffi said...

Deborah, great article. It's important for writers to understand they need to focus on their readers to engage them and meet their expectations. Thanks for sharing!

lastpg said...

I love your ideas in this post, Deborah! I have wondered how to reach my niche market, which for my picture books, is young moms. This summer my goal is to zero in on young moms' concerns and reach out to them. It seems like yesterday that I was a young mom, so I think I can relate!

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