The Guide to Success With Online Writing, Pt.2: "Plant Your Roots In the Water"

Zach3000Starred Page By Zach3000, 31st Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Find out what it takes to be a successful writer, with the concept of planting your roots in the water. Many writers attempt to survive on their own, and make a modest attempt at thriving, but do not learn the true skills needed to thrive in their environment.

Introduction

In part one of The Guide to Success With Online Writing, we learned that if you desire longevity as an online writer, then you must be able to adapt to the changing environment.

The analogy used in part one was allow yourself to bend - like a river - rather than be an ineffective flood, only to be forgotten when the waters recede and dry up.

Part one also challenges the online writer to build up high-quality content, with the intended purpose of publishing an ebook later on, down the road.

If you are interested in writing and publishing an ebook, please read my Wikinut article on how to do so, found here.

Plant Your Roots In the Water

If you want to be a successful online water, the next tip is to plant your roots in the water.

What does this mean?

This means that for whatever website or venue you write for, you must learn and understand how to succeed, to ensure your own future as a writer.

You may notice that trees planted alongside a water source have lush, green foliage and appear healthy. They have a steady supply of nutrients, and thrive in their environment.

This analogy is also a Biblical concept.

Jeremiah 17:7-9 says:
"Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

For the writer, this means to do your homework early. If you are new to a website as a writer, then you have to get to work and learn what it takes to be successful. Read other author's works, and see what the best authors are doing to prosper.

Then you can extend your roots into the life-sustaining waters and soak up the nutrients needed to bear fruit.

Once Planted, Bear Consistent Fruit

Once you have developed a plan for thriving in your new environment, the online writer must then focus on consistent writing.

By doing this, he will develop a following of readers in the niche he is writing in.

Inconsistent writing on random topics is risky, because you risk the danger of losing readers that have no interest on the topics you write on. This is a danger I warn about in my Wikinut article, found here.

This type of writing may work well in the Journalism field of professional writing, but can actually hurt an article writer that wishes to increase readership and viewing audience.

Some stagnant writers allow themselves to become the proverbial cherry tree found bearing only a single cherry. Such a tree will be chopped down for its lack of fruit, only to be replaced with a fruit-bearing alternative.

Do not allow yourself to be this tree without fruit! Fight for your right...to write!

This is yet another true concept found within the Bible.

Mark 11:12-14:
"The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, 'May no one ever eat fruit from you again.' And his disciples heard him say it."

In this passage, the tree without fruit represented the people of Israel that claimed to honor God, yet did not do so. They claimed to be one thing, yet their actions were rather disappointing.

To apply this concept to online writers, if you begin to write for a website, but do not produce consistent, high-quality work, then you are not "bearing fruit." It may require research or further learning on your part in order to be a fruitful addition to an online writing community.

Everyone has to start somewhere, and rightly so. But if one does not learn from learning mistakes and build upon this knowledge, then success will simply not be attained.

Advice Freely Given

I share this advice with you out of personal experience as an online writer, and wish to see you prosper as you write your way to success.

May you plant your roots in the waters of the life-sustaining river, and bear the biggest fruit that is seen in all of the land...

...and don't forget to share the victory with those who want to see you grow and develop.

Continue Reading!

Don't stop reading this insightful series for writers.

Continue on to part three, found here.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
31st Dec 2011 (#)

I do find myself often writing random articles, I must admit, although the majority are focused on a common theme. Good tips for writers.

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
4th Jan 2012 (#)

Excellent. :-)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
4th Jan 2012 (#)

I do believe that if I have talents as a writer, getting tangled up in the mechanics of "how to write" will "stunt my growth". However, please do not unfollow me as I have a suspicion that, given time, I will recognize the need for this information. Also, I was a little "ticked off" when you suggested that this is a "hobby" for those of us who do not plunge into the commercialization of our work.
I am a learner and I acknowledge your long term experience. If you don't "unfollow" me, I would like to continue to read your pages. Thank you, Zach.

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author avatar Zach3000
5th Jan 2012 (#)

Ivy, I was not trying to offend you or anyone. I was simply pointing out that those who are not focused on making an income should not be turned off by the fine details involved with treating it like a job. I think everyone should enjoy writing whether it is a job or a pastime.

This is a great community to share articles with and I do not want to turn anyone away from writing.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
5th Jan 2012 (#)

Neither is it a pastime, Zach. I am not passing my time, I am emotionally and spiritually involved in my writing and reading the other authors' work. I appreciate all your pages but I am coming from the perspective of one who is working hard to express my feelings, which is therapeutic for me, and also to receive guidance from other authors, including you. I have not chosen to weave baskets, knit, or indulge in some other mindless occupation. I certainly respect you and your pages, so I trust you will understand..

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