Serve Yourself Last
Learning to be a great writer is more than just learning how to hone in your writing skills. It’s about your audience – your readers. This is your purpose. Your purpose is to serve.
Who do you serve when you write?
Obviously, we all start off writing for ourselves, and to an extent all of our writing is for ourselves in some form. However, to excel we must serve others first. We must realize that this is how we progress. As we serve others, we will learn more about ourselves. We will also grow as a person and a writer. Serve with gratitude.
The last day of Jeff Goin’s 15 Great Habits of Writers’ challenge is about serving. Today’s challenge is as follows:
Are you ready to be generous and start serving your audience? Here are a few ideas to get you started (pick at least one):
- Do a giveaway of a product or service. Find authors or organizations wanting to partner with people like you, and ask them for donations. Do this to build trust with readers, and make sure whatever you give away adds value.
- Conduct a survey. Find out what readers (or perfect strangers) want, what they struggle with, and create something just for them. This can be a blog series or an eBook or a whatever. Just make sure there’s a need for it before you make it.
- Write something important and give it away. Publish an eBook to Amazon and distribute it through the KDP Select Program. Or offer a free PDF in exchange for people subscribing to your blog.
- Answer all correspondence. Respond to every single email, phone call, tweet, etc. Do this until you can’t possibly keep up anymore. This is how tribes are formed — through accessibility.
For me and for Indigo Creations, #4 is always happening. No questions asked. Thankfully, I’ve paired up with a wonderful woman I hope to bring closer to the group. We’re working on something for #3. It’s gonna be nice! Hopefully, we’ll have that done in the next month or two. We want to make it perfect so we aren’t wanting to rush anything with it.
So…who do you serve? And how do you serve them?