Are you a writer who yearns for a shot at the big time?
Do you dream of being in the spotlight – adored by a crowd of raving fans?
Are you looking for that one magic bullet that will make these dreams come true?
Friend, you’ve come to the right place.
But My Dream Seems So Out of Reach
It’s not an impossible dream. After all, aren’t others doing what you want to do?
So how did they start doing it? Does fortune favor the few and overlook the rest of us?
A friend gave me Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way for Christmas. Since I’m a writer, I got lots of books for Christmas. A few weeks ago, I started reading it and this quote leaped off the page, grabbed my attention, and wouldn’t let go.
All too often, it is audacity and not talent that moves an artist to center stage.
Think about that for a minute.
Let that sink in deeply.
That’s the secret sauce!
I often wondered how someone like Bruce Springsteen became so popular. I mean, his voice is not the greatest by far. It does have emotion infused into it, though. And the things he sings about are things many people resonate with.
Beyond all that, he had the audacity to believe he would make it big one day.
Why You’re Not Audacious
You might be saying to yourself, “That’s a great idea. I love it. But how do I do it? How can I be audacious? Where do I start? And how do I know if I’m being audacious or just stupid?”
First, let’s see what’s holding you back.
You don’t know what to do.
When something goes wrong with my car, I’m like a traveler without a map. I have my suspicions as to what the problem is, but until I get in there and fix it, I really don’t know.
Since I’m not mechanically inclined, it’s less expensive to let someone who knows what they’re doing fix it.
That doesn’t mean I can’t learn how the car works.
You know what to do, but you aren’t doing it.
You know if you want to live a healthy life, you need to exercise. But since you don’t like running or lifting weights, you don’t do anything.
You know that if you want to get the word out about your work, you’ve got to write on popular blogs. But you’re afraid they won’t say yes, so you hold back. You could take courses which teach you exactly how to get attention for your work or become a better writer, like Bryan’s Writer’s Toolbox, but then what excuse would we have?
We can plan forever to take the world by storm, but until we do something about it, the world will remain unchanged.
You don’t do enough of what you need to do.
I understand this challenge. I work a full-time job that keeps me away from home as much as 75 hours a week. I write every day but I can’t always finish what I start in the same day. That’s discouraging, so I look at it as building something bigger rather than an all-or-nothing must-do task.
Getting attention is a huge task. It can seem like eating an elephant the way a snake eats a rat. You want to swallow it whole but there is no way in the universe your jaws will open that wide.
After you read this post, you’ll know 7 powerful strategies that will radically multiply your effectiveness as an audacious writer.
Ready to dive in?
Act as if your crazy ideas are possible.
The world of imagination has no limits.
I spent a lot of time with my imagination growing up. I could kill evil wizards with only my human powers. I could enter the deepest caves and find all the biggest treasures in the universe, despite the efforts of a million enemies I had to fight along the way. I could rescue the most beautiful girl I could imagine and she’d be forever grateful.
The real world wasn’t quite so exciting.
But what if it was?
What if you could vividly imagine yourself winning the big award, getting the national byline, and writing this year’s breakout bestseller?
If you’ll take 30 minutes every day to think deeply about this, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.
Your mind is a lot like a director making a blockbuster movie. Much of what you can see there is possible in reality. The more detail you can see, feel, and experience, the more likely you’ll be able to make it real where it matters.
Maybe your ideas aren’t that crazy after all.
Talk about your ideas with people you trust.
When my wife and I were dating, we talked for an hour and a half about what our wedding would look like.
We were just doing it for fun. We had only been dating for three months. And honestly, it was too early to tell if we’d really go through with it.
But ten minutes turned into twenty, and then an hour. We talked about how the church would look, what her dress would look like, and how many groomsmen and bridesmaids we’d have. We even picked who we would ask to sing and what songs they would sing.
9 months later, we got married. And every detail matched what we talked about.
Find a friend you can trust and share your dreams. Go in deep about how it will all work, what you want to accomplish, and what problems you’ll face – and overcome. Leave no detail unspoken about.
I guarantee this technique will make your dream come true. Any dream.
Do ten times more than you think you should.
Love to write?
Post every day if you can. At least fill your journal with words every morning and every night.
Share your blog post on social media ten times this month.
Make ten pitches to the biggest blogs in your niche.
Come up with ten ideas for blog posts, books, or courses.
Write ten minutes longer than you planned to tonight.
When you do more of what you know you should, great things can happen. People will pay attention. Your books will sell. And you’ll be a far better writer by doing more of it.
Focus more on audacity than talent.
Talent will come by doing.
Growth comes by being audacious.
Go ahead and take that risk that thrills you, scares you, and makes you wake up at night with a cold sweat. Chase that big idea that can change people’s lives for the better. Dare to say what needs to be said – and accept the consequences.
Some may criticize you for it. Every strong stand brings out the haters. Don’t worry too much about it.
Others will cheer.
That’s who you’re writing for – the people who want and need to hear your message. This is your calling. If you don’t follow it, those people will miss out forever.
Can you live with that?
I hope not.
Shout out your truth – and do it proudly.
Be willing to fail until you succeed.
Am I saying you should just act crazy and not worry about the outcome?
What I am saying is you should show the world the real you. Not the fake you that hides her genius or tones it down for fear of looking like a braggart. Not the fake you that you parade in front of others so they’ll leave you alone. Show us your authentic self – full of passion, ready to love others, and with a world of value to offer.
Show us the person you are when you’re hanging out with friends and throw off your inhibitions. Tell us your best stories, your most powerful lessons, and your deepest insights.
If you fail being yourself, so what? Learn from it. Refine your message a bit. Chances are you just haven’t found your ideal audience yet.
Keep on trucking. You’re here for a reason. Don’t rest until you find it.
Then you’ll succeed beyond your wildest dreams.
Treat other artists as peers.
Are you afraid to approach someone who’s had more success than you?
You’ll find many of them are surprised at the level of success they’ve attained. Some will gladly share what they know with you if you ask.
The key to getting any successful person to talk with you is to approach them as a peer. Your talent has value, so act like it. You’re not a pauper asking for crumbs under the king’s table. Be bold and make your request quickly, confidently, and with full assurance that you’ve got a decent shot at getting a yes.
Maybe you will!
Trust your calling.
I’ve said this again and again. You have a reason for being here.
Maybe you don’t feel like you do.
That’s because you haven’t discovered it yet. No human being is a waste. Sure, we can make bad choices and waste our humanity, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
You’ve got something valuable to share. Somebody needs what you have to give.
Don’t withhold your gift just because it’s not for everybody.
Write from your heart. Be vulnerable. Connect your story with someone else’s by sharing it. Your calling is your responsibility, your obligation to those you’re made to serve.
So serve it up with joy and reckless abandon. The right people will find you at the right time.
I guarantee it.
Now Go Be Audacious
What will you do this week that you know you should but still fills you with fear?
Pick one of these strategies and commit to do it all week. Ask a friend to hold you accountable. Become a better writer, audacious and unstoppable.
Share your commitment in the comments if you dare. We’d love to hear your story and cheer you on!
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