Thursday, April 9, 2015

How To Get Your Writing Noticed

As any of my longtime readers should know, I am a tireless enthusiast for the Standard Pauper format on Magic Online. In the past, I have encouraged anyone with the ability to write to create content to bring further attention to the format.

So today, I came across an excellent article by Pauper expert Alex Ullman, who writes for both PureMTGO and GatheringMagic, entitled "Making Headlines." I would encourage everyone to go check out the whole article if you have any interest at all in creating content about Magic, Magic Online, Standard Pauper, or the like. But I also want to share with you some of the highlights from his article.

So how do you get your writing noticed?

1. You have to write. This seems pretty intuitive, but you'd be surprised how often this first step is neglected. The Internet is the great equalizer. Find a place and start collecting your thoughts and ideas.

2. You need to publish consistently. Ullman correctly recognizes that consistency is usually more important than quality. Yes, you want to craft the best writing that you can. But if you want to get noticed, it's important that you write on a consistent schedule.

3. You need to leverage your network. So as you begin to consistently create content, you need to find ways of bringing it to your audience without being obnoxious about it. Find your niche, ask your friends to promote your writing, and utilize social media to let people you already associate with discover your writing.

Do these three things, do them consistently over time, and you will grow your audience, improve your craft, and begin to carve out for yourself an audience. It's not magic, it's not luck, and it's not determined by some whim of fate. Go check out Ullman's article and read his story for yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your (virtual) pen and get to work!

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