Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Is Writing A Desire or A Calling?



By Zina Hermez


Are you a writer? Have you found your niche? What do you write about? Right now the popular trends are diversity, culture, and social issues. It's important to write about topics that people care about. But keep in mind that your writing is not for everyone. Who is in your target market? I’m sure your ideas have been explored. Someone may have wanted to encourage others through their personal struggle, or they may have had a similar idea for a novel. With 1.5 million books out each year, make sure your writing is really good! We are not all meant to be writers. We can practice the skill, and I recommend it if you want to grow in your business.

But be aware that you will work long hours. The more you write the more confident you will become. It will become easier to convey your messages. If family or work obligations don’t allow time for it, ask yourself if writing is really your calling. It’s normal to feel fear. You may have a fear of failure or a fear of not fitting in anymore. You may have a fear of going too far! I believe there are endless possibilities for all of us to be successful in some endeavor. But if you are meant to be a writer, your words will not only change the reader, they will change you, also!

Recently I was approached by a company that asked me to take the pay-to-publish method. I was told that if I do business with them, my book may be “picked up” by one of their larger (very recognizable) parent companies because they would take note of it. There are all kinds of tricks, strategies and gimmicks that people use to get you to buy their products—but before you dive deep into your pocket, learn how to write better. Learn how to write a book proposal or a pitch. Start with a one liner!

Writing takes determination and persistence. You can't give up. If you are serious, you won't be able to stop no matter what. You will keep on going despite any criticism or rejection letter.  Join writer’s groups. Most publishers may not pay attention to you until you are established online, so start building your platform. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn are important. This is where you can connect with your potential audience.

Create your own blog, or try to write a magazine article. Begin a monthly newsletter. I started by writing Ezine articles. Those short essays can eventually turn into chapters. Maybe one day you can compile an organized manuscript. The exposure will help you seal any potential contracts. I am still working on my craft. It can take years to develop your voice, but once you do it will be worth it because writing is an art and a fascinating field!
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Zina Hermez authored Not Without God: A Story of Survival and her forthcoming book, “Hope After the Storm” will be the second in a II part series. Her stories have been featured in various guest articles, medical journals, magazines, newsletters, and over 200 of her very own blog posts. She works as an English teacher in the Detroit area and has been an educator for almost twenty years. She’s had the privilege of working with thousands of students from different backgrounds and parts of the world. She's taught at General Motors, Nissan, Ford, Bosch, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota. Zina’s worked with numerous children and accumulated many jobs throughout the years. She began her own teaching services incorporating math and other subjects and currently homeschools at churches. She teaches creative and structured writing as well as other Language arts courses. Her goal is to help others overcome adversity through her writing.

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