Last Sunday I was sitting at a picnic table at the Royston Wellness and Community Park. Children were playing on the playground, while their mother took pictures with her cell phone. A father unloaded small bicycles from a van with his daughter, and a family tossed a frisbee nearby. The sky was cloudy, but I could still see some blue. The breeze was mild, and the air was comfortable – cool but not cold. It was a nice day.
I went there after lunch to read. I paused to wonder how I could build my audience. I do enjoy writing, but what is the point if very few people ever read what I write? This is not about ego for me. I am not concerned with being famous. Still, it can be disheartening when my posts seem to go largely unnoticed.
For now perhaps I should focus more on developing my writing ability, and I cannot argue with that. However, finding a support group would help that effort. There is a writer’s group in a neighboring town, and I did attend some meetings over a year ago. Unfortunately my work schedule now prevents me from attending, and the kinds of writing I enjoy did not seem to fit that group. I tried finding local members of one of my Facebook groups but without success.
I have tried writing a few times, and I do enjoy it, but I have also had my share of struggles. I want to make sure I approach writing with the right commitment this time. I have already committed to write some every morning, and I am trying to post to this blog at least once each week. I am also reading about the craft of writing because if I do this, then I want to do it well.
I also want my writing to make an impact. I do not want to fall into the mistake of link dropping at every opportunity to draw people in. I want to build an interested audience without being pathetic. Again, this is not about ego, but I do want my writing to mean something.
I suppose I am seeking advice from more experienced writers. What do you do to build a network of readers and peers who are on a similar journey – people who will benefit from what you write, who can give advice, and whom you can help as well? What do you do to improve your writing ability?