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Why No One Is Paying Attention To You (And How to Change It)

Everyone wants to know how to get more attention for their work, but not everyone is willing to do what it takes. The question you have to ask yourself is a simple one, and yet, it’s profound and can change everything. Are you willing to do what it takes?

If yes, continue. If no, then stop reading now.

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I am glad you chose to continue reading.

What follows is some tough love, but if you are serious about getting attention then you’ll want to read this. Not all of what I listed below will apply to you, but if one or two do then you’ll have something tangible to consider and work on – if you choose to.

1 – You Haven’t Admitted You Want Attention

Most people fail to gain attention because they are not willing to admit to themselves that they want it or at one time or another they did admit it, but then gave up too soon.

“I’m a writer. That’s what I do. People should read my work because I write and if they don’t read it, I don’t care.”

Those would be famous last words if anyone read them, but the writers who wrote them never got enough attention for anyone to read them, much less care. Only when you admit you truly want it will you be willing to do the work and learn what you need to necessary to gain attention.

2 – You’re Not Willing To Do The Work or Learn

Oh, you’re willing to write, paint, or sculpt, but are you willing to do the work it takes to gain the attention you want? Are you willing to investigate and learn what it takes and work hard at it day in and day out? Seriously.

Writing, painting, and sculpting are not enough unless you are the next Van Gogh, but then again that might not be true since he died poor and in obscurity. Van Gogh had a good excuse, in his time there was no internet, online teachers, and no way to instantly share his work with the world.

You live in a time when it is possible to reach millions by publishing online and in books via Amazon, and yet, millions of people publish every day and still don’t capture much attention.

This doesn’t mean they haven’t created masterpieces. What this means is that there is more work to be done.

You have to reach out, join communities and become a valuable member within your niche. You have to consistently work hard to get people interested and work even harder to keep them interested. You have to purposefully learn from the best.

3 – It’s All About You

Attention is the currency of online traffic and like any other currency, you have to earn it.

It’s not all about you and not everyone cares about what you care about. So if you’re a writer, you must make what you write about interesting to others by finding fresh and exciting ways to write about it. Stay up to date with the latest news in your niche, give your unbiased opinion and offer useful advice unique to your experiences.

Online currency may be attention, but the true gold is generosity and most aren’t willing to be very generous, so give your all. Those who are too busy trying to take attention will never truly gain it.

4 – Not Determined To Make A Difference

You can’t be tentative or unsure, you have to be clear about who you are, what you are writing about (BOTH fiction or non-fiction) and establish yourself as someone who can be trusted. You absolutely must be ready and willing to make a difference.

We (the audience) don’t want to hear from anyone who is not willing to stand for something. If you’re not out to make a difference, then we don’t have time for you. If you think about it, you don’t really have time for anyone who is peddling what you have already read, seen or heard a hundred times before.

Be unique, stand for something and make a difference. (Tweet This)

5 – You Deserve Attention

No, you don’t. Sorry.

Not if you’re not willing to do the work and create the art it takes to capture and hold our attention. If we are not worth the effort and consideration then you DO NOT deserve our attention. That’s the hardest truth for most of us to accept.

Accept it and then do something about it. And know this; no matter what your inner critic tells you, you DO have what it takes.

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

– Michelangelo

6 – You’re Worried About Criticism

Aren’t we all? If you create work that matters and share it, you will attract critics. You will not become a recognized artist until you have a few haters. Don’t hide from them, because if you do you’ll end up hiding from the rest of us too.

When the hate mail, angry comments, and spiteful reviews start coming in remember to laugh about them because they are giving you the acknowledgment that your work mattered enough for them to remark about it. After all, how often do you comment on something that just doesn’t matter?

The more critics you have, the better. You might not think so right now, but consider what happens when you hide and avoid critics by holding your best work back. What then? There’s one word for it, obscurity.

7 – You Are Riddled With Doubt

All artists are riddled with doubt. Know this, the more you doubt yourself and your art, the closer you are to creating work that matters. You are on the threshold.

Now it’s time to make a choice, are you going to let that pesky critical voice within you win or are you going to ship?

No one can simply decide to overcome doubt and poof it will be gone. No. But if you’re willing to admit doubt is holding you back, then you can begin to find and use strategies to loosen its grip and take control of your destiny as an artist.

What You CAN Do Now

It’s time to make a difference and get noticed. You can, if you choose to. (If you believe it, tweet it!)

When you decide to make a difference and you’re willing to be generous enough to share your work with us, and do what it takes to let us know you exist in this world, then and only then, will we pay attention to you. Not before.

It’s not easy to gain attention. It’s hard work, it takes determination and it takes time. Every “overnight success” has more work behind them doing more tedious stuff than they get credit for. Many have tried before you and many have given up telling themselves they don’t need it or want it.

There’s nothing wrong with creating art only for yourself, but please don’t fool yourself into believing you are not good enough to gain our attention. The next time you feel like giving up, remember it means you are close to the threshold.

Are you going to keep moving forward or are you going to stall?

Don’t stop. Keep going.

That’s the only way you will ever gain our attention. Sooner or later it will be your turn, but only if you embrace the challenges and keep on keeping on.

What are you doing to gain our attention? I want to know YOU exist, start by providing a link to your latest work in the comments.

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • La McCoy

    Love this.

  • Susan J. Reinhardt

    We do have a way of shooting ourselves in the foot. Thanks for taking away our excuses, Bryan. Here’s the link to my book, The Moses Conspiracy. http://www.amazon.com/The-Moses-Conspiracy-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B00BV8ZQ0Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386508751&sr=8-1&keywords=the+moses+conspiracy+kindle

    • 20 – 5 star reviews, Susan. Nice. I love a good conspiracy. Great hook.

  • What am I doing to gain attention? I agree that generosity is one of the best policies, so I’m glad to share some ideas here.

    I comment on people’s posts, like this one, and leave the URL to my blog. When people follow or comment on my blog, I always return the favor by visiting them and commenting, or at least upvoting, if either of those are options.

    For my last post, when I was looking for images to use, I asked relevant organizations for permission to use theirs. This attracted attention to my blog.

    I asked people, whom I know, to be guest bloggers. I recently sent the invitations, so they haven’t chimed in yet, but when they do, I expect that they will bring some more readership with them. They already responded by looking at my blog and responding with enthusiasm.

    You can see what I’m doing at http://weavergrace.com

    P.S. You helped me take big steps with blogging this summer, as a result of your contest regarding how we became writers. Thank you for your generosity 🙂

    (by the way, the sign-in buttons for google and disqus wouldn’t work for me, even after I disabled my Google Chrome extensions and then refreshed this page.)

    • I’m glad to hear the contest helped, WeaverGrace. I have another such contests I’ll be presenting in the Spring, asking fellow writers to write about one of their doubts, just one, and how they are overcoming it.

      – That’s weird about the sign-in. I assume you’re talking about Disqus? I’m not sure why the problem comes and goes, I’ve had others mention in emails that they could not comment for some reason. I’ll have someone take a look at it for me, I don’t have the technical expertise to figure it out. I’m glad you were able to comment.

  • Good Morning Bryan,
    Thank you for sharing some more solid Hutchinson wisdom. 🙂

    I am choosing to move forward and not to stall. My book, “The Artist’s Manifesto,” will be released on Amazon in the new year.

    This month my toys come alive at midnight. My cat, Pooh Hodges is guest posting today. He ate breakfast with the toys this morning. There is even video! Here is the link. Thank you for asking.

    • That’s a fantastic title, Pamela. I can’t wait to read it. Btw, I think it’s great you always use your own photographs for your posts. 🙂

  • Charles Ray

    This should be required reading by anyone who wants to be called a writer. Creating the work is hard, but the real work begins when you’re done. If no one reads, listens, or looks at it, it has been nothing more than a mental exercise. Getting people to pay attention is hard work, but I make an effort at it every day. My latest work, ‘The Culling,’ a dystopian novel of a future when religious fundamentalism and political extremism intersect with climate change to fundamentally alter civilization. It is available at http://www.amazon.com/Culling-Charles-Ray-ebook/dp/B00GXTP19W/ and in paperback at amazon.com and amazon.uk.

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Charles. Our work is worth the effort, otherwise why do the work? Keep shipping.

  • I appreciate this. I feel like I’m doing all of the above, but I know deep down I doubt myself, I doubt what I have to offer is of value. And well, if I doubt me, that leaves a wide open path for others to do so too. Thanks for the encouragement and reminder to stand up and be counted. 🙂


    • You’re welcome, Shah. And, btw, I love the design of your blog. Makes me want to read the Supes series now!

  • Victoria_Noe

    The only time I feel doubt is when someone challenges me to do something that scares me. I don’t mean jumping off a building, but writing about a topic that I’m afraid to face. But I’ve found lately that my “posse” won’t let me off easily. We all encourage each other, but they challenge me in ways that assure my growth as a writer.


    • Ha, Victoria! We all need such a posse. And you’re publishing on Huffington Post writing about a serious topic which involves risk, exposure and above all, bravery. We need more people like you. Thanks for sharing.

  • Annie

    Hi Bryan,

    Well your post produced all manner of shakes and quivers in me, which I guess is the point. Fear? Check. Doubts? Check. Worried? Check.

    And though I’ve made thousands of comments over the years, this one is making me nervous and floopy beyond belief.

    This statement from your post really resonated with me:

    “All artists are riddled with doubt. Know this, the more you doubt yourself and your art, the closer you are to creating work that matters. You are on the threshold.”

    It gave me hope that maybe I wasn’t going nowhere and that I can push on. Writing is such a solitary activity – you spend so much time internally, thinking and imagining and working out this detail or that… It’s hard to switch from that mode to the exact opposite of getting out there and being vocal and noticed. For me, it always feels a little weird and what my mother would have called bragging. Yikes, what a conundrum. Funny how a writer is more than willing to practically kill themselves to research, to get the details right, create characters that are alive – yet when it comes to mentioning their work they become shy and confused violets.

    Anyway, thanks for this.

    It took me weeks to get up the nerve to publish these two Christmas stories to Amazon – but I did and here are the links: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H69LK98 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H68PK7W

    Thanks for such an inspiring post.


    • You’re welcome, Annie. We are in this together. We all share the fears, anxiety and doubt. I’m glad to see you published and put your work on Amazon! I love Christmas stories and there’s always room and a need, for more.

  • Dean K Miller

    I spent a couple of hours with an “intern” life-coach a while back. We talked about the writing aspect of my life and #1 and #2 were the first things we discussed. An eye opener then, still is now for there is much to be done to battle complacency. Folding the cards is the easy part of the game. Sticking around long enough to influence the game is the toughest. Winning…well that’s subjective. Loved this post and will come back to keep it fresh in my mind…as I received a healthy dose of #6 yesterday. Good steps to move forward from.

    • I hear you, Dean. #6 used to stop me cold. It’s refreshing to realize the risk of getting noticed is also a vital part of what it takes, although I admit it is still not an enjoyable experience. Laughing about it does help, though. 🙂

  • Laura Robb

    Awesome thoughts, Bryan! I especially loved #7 and the way you described doubt: “All artists are riddled with doubt. Know this, the more you doubt yourself and your art, the closer you are to creating work that matters. You are on the threshold.”

    Exactly. I’m learning so much about doubts and fears lately and the need to push ahead. I am tired of stalling or delaying. I decided to keep going, even if I have to figure it out as I go. 🙂 That is the path artists often take.

    Keep writing – your posts are encouraging!


    • You know, Laura, you are so right – we need to push ahead and keep going, that’s the only way to quiet our doubts. Every day is a new battle, but with experience we learn how defeat the beast within and not only rise to the challenges, but rise ABOVE them. That’s what you are doing.

      How is your memoir coming along?

      • Laura Robb

        Thanks, Bryan. It’s funny – after I commented, I started to feel the battle a bit more. The memoir is coming along and I’m getting a sense of what I need to do. I’m posting stories on the blog now, which helps me to move forward. A direction seems to come with consistent writing. Thank you for asking! I’m going to fight with my words today and push the doubts aside. 🙂 Hope writing is going well for you!

  • BipolarMom (Jenn)

    Love this, Bryan. I’ve felt like I’ve been lacking inspiration lately, when in reality, I just haven’t been putting in the work of writing every day. If I were, I wouldn’t be lacking material. Thank you for giving me the push I needed to get back into the habit of writing every day, no matter what. I needed this.

    PS. thisismybrave.com is what I’m doing to gain attention. I’d love for you to check it out. Am working on a new post – hope to get that up tonight.

    • That’s what I am here for, Jenn. 🙂 Sometimes a little push is all we need.

      Jenn, I just visited your website and what you are doing is amazing! I can’t applaud you more. How can I help? I just tweeted about the “Brave” bracelet. Send me an email if you like, because I’d like to offer you a guest post spot on my other blog where I think you’ll find more supporters for your efforts. Great work!

  • Janelle Keith

    This is bold, gutsy, and right. It seems you have been reading over my journals lately. Why would anyone want to read those? My thoughts exactly. It’s time to go pro, even if only my mom reads. (And she doesn’t even know how to turn on the Internet). Oh well, here goes! http://www.janellekeith.com. Link to blog is on the left side, that’s my most recent work. Thanks for pushing us word artists over the edge. I, for one, needed every word of it. Blessings!

    • “Why would anyone want to read those?” That’s the question, isn’t it? It’s the question we all ask, but it is a question doubt makes us ask ourselves. For me, the best way to make it past this question is to realize it’s not me asking and do it anyway. Sounds like you are on your way, and I love the “Soar with me!” statement for your daily inspiration form. 🙂 Very nicely put.

      • Janelle Keith

        So missed this reply Bryan, but thank you so much for checking out my site. It means so much to get a “nod” from a pro! 🙂

  • coolspirit

    Like Laura Robb, “I especially loved #7 and the way you described doubt:

    ‘All artists are riddled with doubt. Know this, the more you doubt yourself and your art, the closer you are to creating work that matters. You are on the
    threshold.’ ”

    Very encouraging!! Thanks for sharing with all of us!! Marianne Kesler

    Here’s a link to my latest in a trilogy of poetry.prose.photography books:
    http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/392856-something-more Blurb has a nice preview.

  • Mary Chris Escobar

    Love this post! I recently told my writer’s group that I welcomed the day that I attract criticism, because it would mean my content was reaching more people. (I also told them to remind me I of this when I’m upset about said criticism). I’ve been having lots of conversations about all of the above as I work on personal branding. I will definitely be bookmarking this as a good go-to reminder! Thank you for sharing your art here’s mine: http://marychrisescobar.com/buy-my-book/

    • Thanks, Mary. Oh yes, they’ll need to remind you! 🙂 Trust me.

  • Loved your post Bryan. We all have doubts. Loved hearing it meant we were getting closer to the threshold. Just hope I don’t react like I used to when I’d get lost. Right before I’d get there I would talk myself into believing I was going in the wrong direction. One time I was 5 minutes away from my destination. By the time I got there I was one hour late!! Yep, I’m direction deficient. I accept that weakness. But one strength I have is this, I don’t give up.

    • Oh, I know that about you, Anne. You’re not a giver upper by any means!! There’s no quit in you.

  • Great post, Bryan! One we wordsmiths, sculptors, painters, musicians should all read time and time again, because it gets lonely when you are engaged in one of these fields. Most importantly, you touched on the doubts that assail us all. It isn’t everyone that tells us those doubts mean we’re getting closer to the right path. Thanks for the encouragement in this post to keep on pushing.

    Sherrey @ the following:


    • Glad you enjoyed it, Sherrey. 🙂 The louder our doubts, the closer we are getting. If we weren’t getting any closer our doubts wouldn’t have any need to speak up because they’d be content.

      • Bryan, I’m coping out the words in our comment back to me. I’m setting 2014 as the year to finish my memoir and begin shopping it around. And suddenly I’m terrified with “what if I don’t finish in 2014,” “what if I don’t get it published in 2015,” and more. Your words need to be where I can read them every day! Thanks so much.

  • Christie

    I should have stopped reading. All but 2,3 and 5 apply to me. I am a hard worker and I want to succeed but I am terrified of attention and success. Deep down in my mind I think “I will give writing a real effort when I am jobless and no one I know will be able to talk to me about it.” I want strangers to read my work, only strangers.

    • I totally get you, Christie. But if you’re willing to continue reading even when you wanted to stop, that says a lot. You’re on your way. Keep pushing forward and you’ll get there.

  • jkshatri

    Bryan, thanks for the great post. Just the dose of motivation I needed today.
    All the Best,
    Jay Kshatri, http://www.ThinkSmarterWorld.com

  • Neva Brown

    “When are you going to write that best seller?” is a real downer for me even when people say it just to be funny. Thanks for the positive suggestions to help me get going again.. My first novel published by Soul Mate Publishing is on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Casey%27s+Courage

    • You’re welcome, Neve. Worrying about what other people say is fruitless. But please don’t put yourself under any pressure to prove them wrong. Just do what you do and what will be will be. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Emma Baker

    This is so motivating! Thank you!

  • jesspetersonart

    Great post Bryan! Point 6 definitely applies to me… 🙂 Criticism is hard to face, even though I know it helps me improve my work. And I especially liked point 7, “the more you doubt yourself and your art, the closer you are to creating work that matters. You are on the threshold.” That’s very encouraging, because I struggle with doubt so often. I struggled with doubt when I started the painting I’m working on…which is almost finished now. I’m so glad I pushed passed my doubts. It’s strange to think about what wouldn’t have happened had I let doubt stop me.

    My work can be seen here:

  • Wonderful post. Doubt is a terrible thing that can consume you if you let it.
    My work can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Soule/e/B00596ANCA

  • I’m coming to this one late, Bryan. But I came to it because of your email that went out this morning… an email I signed up for only a few days ago. FINALLY… an email for which I don’t actually end up wanting to hit the delete button. Thank you so much. I am definitely joining your tribe. I actually cried on Number 7. You have no idea how much I needed to hear that.. or maybe you do. “Know this, the more you doubt yourself and your art, the closer you are to creating work that matters. You are on the threshold.”

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  • Victoria Vorel

    Hi Bryan from Villarrica, Chile. How do you know me so well?. Amazing post, you certainly motivated me. I wrote a book about my True Story “A Click That Changed My Life”
    I met my husband, a lovely Swiss man on Internet when I was 51 years old and I would like to share this magic experience through this book, to give hope to those people who are feeling alone and think that it is too late to find True Love. Thanks for your time and good advice. Victoria

  • Juliet Montague

    Wow! I needed this today! Half way through the third installment in my MUSLIM ROMANCE TRILOGY and, actually, looking forward to GETTING THE ATTENTION by “giving the love away.” You can view my work here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_gnr_aps?rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AThe+Muslim+Romance+Trilogy&keywords=The+Muslim+Romance+Trilogy&ie=UTF8&qid=1413750935 Well, that’s a long one! SEARCH: JULIET MONTAGUE AUTHOR or THE YEAR I LEARNED TO TEXT; Why Am I Having Sex with a Muslim in My Basement? or JIHAD HONEYMOON in HOLLYWOOD. (Sex with a wannabe terrorist in Hollywood will never get any funnier.)


    Here’s my latest work. Enjoy this one!http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_GCtlapj2kw

  • Chris Malkemes

    I don’t know how this got in my email, Bryan. It was published a year ago. I can only think you ‘reposted’ it. Thank you. I was inspired and encouraged. We know to be successful we need attention – but then we don’t want to WANT the attention because that’s like a child screaming “See me. SEE me. SEE ME!” I am getting the attention but it is slow in the process. I’m not worried. Everything takes time. Never take a cake out of the oven in ten minutes or eat the cherry blossom. I’m gaining attention by being a story catcher. See the stories on the Berea House (open 40 years ago in Germany) on my website. http://www.chrismalkemes.com

  • Lydia

    I am a Paranormal romance writer for tweens and up. THE GUARDIAN by Lydia Rodriguez-Clement has received 5 (5) star reviews at Authorhouse.com, and 2 (4) star reviews by YA book bloggers at Goodreads.com/LydiaClement. Please visit my fan page at Facebook.com/LydiaGuardian and LIKE, SHARE, and FOLLOW.

  • Miriam

    Just read your email and thought I would post. I have been blogging for a while now, but have just begun to write more substantial work. Just today I began to write a fiction story…and then I read your email. Well, that was encouraging, so thank you! In light of the opportunity to share, here is a blog I wrote earlier in the year. I hope you enjoy. http://miriammiles.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/im-not-going-to-write-today/

    • I just read that piece and commented there. Enjoyed it! And can so relate to that feeling at times.

    • Hi Miriam,
      I read your blog post and understand that feeling. Yes, we all have days when we just don’t want to write. Even a grocery list seems too much. When that feeling hits me, I scribble anything. I don’t care if it’s good or bad. I just write what comes to mind and often feel better afterwards.

  • N.C Harley

    Wow Amazing Post! Discoverability seems to be just as hard as it was 200 years ago! How an earth can we all make a living? Thanks for the constant positivity! I just released my book………………..Active Patience: A Simple Guide to Productive Writing


  • It’s been six months since I took action on my dream to be professional published some day. This post fuels my desire and thickens my skin.

    Below is the link to what I recently published on my blog I started this summer. It’s evolved into a place where I reminisce—a place where I honor people who’ve made a difference in my life.

    We’ve all had that feeling of “I should really write so-n-so a note.” Well, my blog does that in the form of stories from my childhood or current events that revive a memory. Just today I saw that last weekend’s post was shared three times on Facebook. Not a ton of hits like the week before when I wrote about the anniversary of a dog’s death, but still shared.

    I have a lot to learn in the midst of still having a day job, but I have written 193 days in a row. I remember back in May how excited I was when I had written seven days in a row!

    Thanks for this wonderful kick-in-the-pants piece today. I am encouraged and learn
    much from the Positive Writer! Thank you.


  • Recently I’ve been concentrating on haiku and other Japanese short form poetry. I won’t post any new work here because most haiku journal editors regard anything posted on the internet as published and will not accept it.

    I invite all who read this blog to visit my haiku blog in which I post only published work and to visit my writing blog in which I post comments about writing.

    Haiku blog: http://www.adelaide-whitepetals.blogspot.com

    Writing blog: http://www.adelaidewritewritewrite.blogspot.com

    I would love to have comments.

    Thank you.


  • Shelley Shrader

    I am brand new to blogging and still have much to learn. I struggle with many of the things you write about. But every time I read something of yours I feel enouraged. It’s nice to know that when you doubt and want to give up you are on the threshold. I’m still discovering my voice but know that God has given me one to share. My blog can be found at http://www.hopeburstingforth.wordpress.com.

  • Jan Ramming

    Short story fiction! Thanks for reading!

  • Angela Hawkins

    Wow, what a great (and challenging) article! I can safely say I feel good about where I am on a few of these points, but very far from shore on the others. Thank you for giving me some very valuable and needful new perspective. Here’s the work I’ve just completed…for a limited amount of time, you can even get it free. 🙂


  • Not sure how I found your blog, Bryan, but sure glad I did. Just what I needed to read today! You have a great site with lots of good content. Thanks! And here’s my latest post fyi. http://sheilakimball.com/2014/12/15/anger-builds-a-wall-in-marriage-and-only-god-can-help-you-tear-it-down/

  • dandonche

    People needed to hear it. The most valuable lessons are the ones we need to hear, not the ones we want to hear.

  • Krithika Rangarajan

    BRILLIANT – I needed this ‘tough love’ 😉 #HUGS

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  • Great piece. You can’t get anywhere if you aren’t willing to put one foot in front of the other.

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    We have been growing our sketch comedy channel on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/c/TallGirlandtheCricket

  • I appreciate your no-nonsense style in this post! My latest work, as requested, is the most recent chapter of my web serial: http://bit.ly/1GXwbTt

  • K.G. Arndell

    Here’s a free dystopian short story on my site. Thanks!

  • Wonderful advice. thank you!

  • awesomelifedesign

    Funny like sometimes we’re trying to hide something so much that eventually we forget all about it. These words are like forgotten truth. Digged out from the most hidden, vulnerable self. Real self. No fear, no mask, no pretending … First thought was: I don’t want to draw attention to myself but I do want it for my writing, my thinking… Then I realised I want it for myself, my writing is my thinking. It is myself… Thank you for the insights. And for the digging . …….awesomelifedesign.wordpress.com

  • I do want attention because I believe that my book can make a difference in reader’s lives. This work has become my mission so it carries an additional motivation.

  • Jeff Slaughter

    My name is Jeff Slaughter and I’m exploring new writing opportunities. My first book, however, is a guide to the Grand Place in Brussels. I’ll share a free copy of the ebook (in pdf, epub, mobi) for the first 25 who’d like to download it here: https://gum.co/Aggn/first25rfree@77comments Thanks for the encouragement!

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  • Brenda Joyce Patterson

    I, Brenda Joyce Patterson, am a poet and writer. My website is http://www.brendajoycepatterson.com. Here’s my latest: http://www.gravelmag.com/brenda-joyce-patterson.html. Thanks for the push!

  • E. J. Godwin

    Nailed it, Bryan! This is the best advice I’ve ever read about what it means to be a writer.

    So here’s putting money where my mouth is: I’ll be publishing a scifi/fantasy trilogy this spring, The Silent Tempest, edited by Erica Orloff. You can read my first chapter here: http://www.ejgodwin.net/ .

  • I’m an aspiring poet, mostly performance poetry (slam-style) from the United States who’s travelling Europe right now in search of more color for my writing. I’ve been working on some poems that I will be (and have been) putting on Tumblr, my favorite of which being ‘Mangoes and Mistletoe’

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  • Eddie Rojas Jr.

    Country Ops is a new book that I wrote. And I’am sharing the updates on Google Plus+, Instagram, facebook (horrible), and a little bit of Twitter (which is not all that great either). I just hope the advice that I read from this link we help me and me story get on the map.

  • Thanks for the insightful piece. I surely need to do much more and I agree to some extent I’m hindered by my inner critic who keeps telling me I won’t be able to..thanks for the assurance 🙂 I have recently started blogging at: http://www.viakat.com

  • Helen Jones

    Great advice! I’m about to publish my first book, Oak and Mist. I also have a blog, journeytoambeth.com where I write about all kinds of things 🙂 hope to see some of you there…

  • Grant Overstake

    Great post. My first novel http://www.MaggieVaultsOverTheMoon.com has given me plenty of opportunities to advance or retreat. Writing bold emails, asking for key reviews, etc., led to my story being discovered by a leading audiobook narrator and a longterm deal with Blackstone Audio. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

  • purrldiver

    I blog under the alias, littlewillie on a blogging platform called Open Salon. Here’s a sample of my work:http://open.salon.com/blog/littlewillie/2014/08/26/payback_is_a_venus_fly_trap

  • Jamie L

    I have too many story IDEAS, but the first story I publicly set up is my urban-fantasy “Moonflowers.” I just updated it a couple days back, and I try to stick to a monthly schedule.

    My three goals with this story: 1) A story titled “Moonflowers,” because I love the sound of that word. 2) An urban-fantasy that isn’t snarky or excessively self-aware, like 90% of the shows and books currently out. 3) A story with the strange and unfettered magic you see in folklore and mythology. Too many people think that writing “serious” fantasy needs piles of rules and fancy incantations, but I want to put the wonder back into the genre.


  • JereFoley

    Just a link? http://www.jerefoley.com/slumberscythe/
    My stance: Urban Fantasy needs a gay hero in a series that isn’t erotica. I’m double-barreled promoting the first in the series and writing the second.

  • Caroline Crennan

    “Admitting you want attention” is such a good point. I never truly considered that, but it makes perfect sense. If you don’t act like what you do matters, no one else is going to either. My writing website is: http://crennanspot.weebly.com

  • Sara Crawford

    This is such a great post. There are so many good points here. So many writers look down on the marketing, thinking they should only have to write. Nowadays, though, you HAVE to do some marketing as a writer. Even traditionally published writers need to do some promotion themselves. There are so many places online, though, where you can market your work and also make some amazing writer friends. Thanks for sharing this post! http://crawfordwritingblog.com


    Here’s a link to my work!


  • Katie Little

    I find the hardest thing is getting the balance right between my tender ‘creative self’, and my tough ‘marketing self’… I’m proud of my work though and that’s all that matters, my book will be finished I hope next year (3 kids doesn’t help) and in the meantime I have my blog… http://goingtoseed.blogspot.com.au

  • I exist and so does my art: http://www.ericbeaty.com/new-short-stories-proof-blind-date/

    Great post! Thanks for the motivation and permission!

  • tomi rues

    Thank you! I really enjoyed your post. I just recently started a blog, but I’ve been writing for years. http://www.thinkwriteinspire.com

  • Teja S

    Very simple and straightforward post!

  • Teresa

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and for allowing others to post their work! Your entire website is exactly the kind of encouragement & push I need right now. You are right, of course: It is time I start promoting myself more seriously. So, here we go: http://www.everydayfiction.com/the-call-by-teresa-davis/

  • Jenna T

    Thank you for this kick in the pants. I just finished my first novel (re-writing and picking it apart to perfection, but I have the words!) and have been blogging for the past 3 years. I have a flash fiction piece published online entitled Monsoon Season: http://www.tuliptreepub.com/monsoon-season.html and my blog is here: http://www.blogher.com/member/sunshineyday I write about homeschooling, self-sufficiency, and like with four kids under 7.

  • Great post, thanks for the encouragement! My website is – http://www.gretagilbert.com

  • Lily Lucid

    Great post! I’ve got a story I’ve been wanting feedback on before publishing it for a WHILE now lol. Here it is: http://lily-lucid.deviantart.com/art/Trusting-The-Trenchcoat-FULL-STORY-538875884

  • Laura Bonano

    Ready with my banshee cry to be heard…running down a mountain! I’ve found in writing, your voice is the loudest when you genuinely are invested in what you’re saying, when the subject legitimately changes the temperature of your body…here’s my latest, on the ever touchy topic of females in the military: http://iminthecloset.com/2015/08/24/we-arent-equal/

  • Thank you for the honest and motivating pep talk Bryan! I started a blog a few months ago and I’m working hard to build a community of readers who share my views on positive change in animal welfare, wildlife conservation, education, mental health 🙂 http://tracybrighten.com/

  • Nicole M

    Hi Bryan. I’ve really been enjoying your website. I appreciate this article. This is where I’ve been stuck for a little while now. Here is my latest post on how to live an abundant life regardless of your circumstance.


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  • Hanna Urgolites

    Thank you for the awesome post! I really needed a kick to help me focus on what’s important. With that said I’m going to leave a link to my deviantART where I just recently uploaded more art. Check it out sometime!

  • Katharine

    I post all the time. However, here are the latest of any consequence. (Two blog sites, and one guest post) The rest are evergreens that I recently reblogged.




  • Faith Sims

    I just started blogging and I am still trying to find my voice. I am at least trying!

  • babyg

    I a full-time English Professor at Arkansas Tech University and the author of 16 BOOKS, including many Christian devotionals and romances. I’m also a full-time Mom and best friend to four children. 🙂 One of them was techie enough to discover THIS and tell me to put myself out there. So here I am! I’ve been blogging now for about three months; come explore this life, find (and re-discover 😉 its meaning, and share your tears of joy/strain on my blog “An Im^Perfectly Beautiful Life”. http://gwenfordfaulkenberry.com/

  • Rashmiranjan Sarangi

    I have written a book based on my experience. would like to share with you all. the book I available at http://www.lulu.com. the book name is The tale Of a Yellow Dime.

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  • leah christy

    love this

  • JLynn Hernandez

    Interesting article. Thanks for it and the opportunity to throw our hats in the ring. I’m writing YA fiction and have a blog dedicated to supporting heroines, mainly literary heroines, but you know, any would do. 😉


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  • If anyone actually pays attention to what I’m trying to do, it would be a miracle. I’m trying EVERYTHING! http://gamejolt.com/games/blessing-of-the-gods/118708

  • Elena Tinga

    Thanks for the article and the opportunity to share our work. Here is a link for you: http://elenatingawriter.com/elenatinga/index.php/en/8-category-en-gb/10-reflections-en.html

  • TND

    This is an old article with 117 comments as of today (I’m 118?). My “work” is non-fiction, snark, with … language. Pissy stuff. I’ve been told all my LIFE that it’s funny. But. It’s a very narrow “audience.” Maybe, somewhere, there are others like me who have little (or on) mass appeal. The acquired taste thing. Or maybe it all just sucks and life is not fair. Heh.

  • tjs

    Great article, a truth that needs telling.
    I wrote a fictional blog once a week in 2015, now in 2016 I’ve got to stop faffing around and write properly, so today I posted my view of an Adele concert in http://acurtaintwitcher.blogspot.co.uk/

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  • TBL

    I so needed to read this message today. I share some of work at my blog: http://rttlingcage.blogspot.com/ Good luck to everyone listed here. 🙂

  • Rachael M Colby

    Thanks Brian. Brand new blog, from a brand new blogger. Former writer in hiding.

  • Steven Mann

    Bookmark worthy blog. Thanks. http://www.amazon.com/author/mannsg

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  • rf.aedris

    This literally caught my attention and thank you because I needed this ._.
    I don’t really know where to put my works. I don’t really know either if people would find it appealing but to me I like what I write 😀 I write lyrics/poems ^O^~ I don’t have a link sadly but here’s a sample 😀

    “A Bit of You and I”
    It’s kind of strange how we got along
    We seem to know each other for so long
    We’re a bit too old and a bit too childish
    Still a bit of everything that I wish

    My immature heart that froze in place
    You thawed with a warm embrace
    We’re a bit too tall and a bit too small
    A bit of every detail, a reason to fall

    It was kind of hard for both of us to try
    Because some came before you and I
    We’re a bit too shy and a bit too honest
    But know that being with you is the best

  • Ecto Elf

    Since you asked, here’s my cartoony synth rock music on Bandcamp. I’m also on YouTube. Thanks for checking it out.

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  • Kyle W. Lindeman

    Great post Bryan! I think the most important initial impression is body language. If you don’t come off as approachable, people are going to judge you in a negative way within the first few seconds of meeting you and then it’s really hard to come back after that. The best type of body language I think comes from a deep sense of understanding who you are. When you understand yourself, it builds confidence, and people see it in you. One way I built my confidence and learned about myself was by watching insightful motivational videos. I recommend Jaret Grossman. I’ll link his blog at the end if you’re interested. Keep up the good work! http://blog.jaretgrossman.com/self-help/365-video-series/?order=asc

  • Love this! Thank you. I’ve definitely gotten better at a lot of these with my writing.

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  • Taylor Davis

    Harsh truths, but I love it!

  • Alyson

    Thank you for the great advice! I love your blog and the inspiration it evokes in myself, a writer struggling to get noticed!!
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  • Erika Flores

    This is so great, exactly what I need. I just have to remember this from now on. I’m an art student trying to figure out what I want to do with my art and even what kind of materials I want to use. I do a little bit of everything and at times I think a combination of everything would be great but then I think I should just stick with one thing. So yes you’re right there’s a lot of doubt.
    Here’s a link to my instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eri_artistically_foolish/

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  • Residentman

    I’ve been trying to network with other bloggers and found this.
    Thanks for the info and encouragement.

  • Sometimes you see through people who only want to hoard all attention to themselves and don’t really want to provide anything of value. They complain about the hard work you have to put in but when they suddenly get lucky and have the spotlight for a moment, they act as if they did everything.
    I started a blog recently and doing all the work. Sometimes I doubt my abilities to actually get this off the ground but hope, hard work, smart work and my belief in the endless possibilities outweigh the negatives.
    Here’s my new self-improvement blog: http://todayimchanging.com

  • I am ready to make a differnce and I am working hard on my book everyday. Goal is to have it edited again by mid July. One hundred pages a month to revise. That is my objective towards my goal. My website is http://www.clarbowmanjahn.com//

  • Wow! Great article!! Very encouraging! Thanks for the opportunity to share

  • Frank McKinley

    I love this. Be bold. Share the best you have to offer. Why should we care if you don’t? Stick your neck out – and we’ll love you for it. Great post!

  • Araf

    Great article!! Very encouraging!

  • Colin Guest

    A geart article with some sound advice. I myself always try to be positive about things as being positive brings positive results. If you don’t feel positive in yourself, how can you expect others to believe in you.

  • Planning for my retirement income, to begin in a little over 4 years, to ghost write, blog and edit. Here is a post I added to my site today:

    I’d love to know what you think!