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Developing a career in writing requires a balanced approach of consistently writing, reading and marketing. Though there is a valuable area that tends to go overlooked while developing an effective writing platform: experience. When I say experience, I don’t necessarily mean writing experience or schooling, rather personal experiences that make life enjoyable, while making you more cultured and strengthening your writing inspiration.

Getting away from your computer and experiencing the world around you is an important factor in becoming a great writer since credibility is built through these experiences. Also, you are given the opportunity to have some fun! The art of writing is and should be fun. Yes there are those times when you want to smash your computer with a hammer, yes it can be frustrating putting together a marketing strategy when all you want to do is write, but these are the times when you should look around at the world and do something you enjoy. Make every aspect of your life that would typically be considered playtime your work time as well.

I used to write for a wide range of entertainment blogs and publications when I was in college. I was (and still am, but have turned more towards writing) a film expert. Anytime one of my friends or family had a question about what movie they should see next in the theaters or on DVD, I was the one they turned to. I also built a respectable side income (mainly for booze and pizza) during college by writing film reviews and industry news for different publications online. Yes I marketed my services and yes I wrote as much as I could to tone my craft of writing, but none of my accomplishments or credibility came from those efforts. Rather, my credibility came from doing what I loved to do, watching movies, making films, setting up and running a film festival on campus and organizing a networking trip to Hollywood for students interested in speaking with industry professionals.

I built an adventure of learning about the history of film, making short movies, watching new and old movies and submerging myself in a lifestyle that was going to make me a movie expert. And the best part of my adventure was that none of it felt like work. I had an incredible four years in college because I was constantly having fun, while building a successful little writing business.

So how can we as writers experience our own adventures and truly love the craft we work on every day? Take the dive and submerge yourself in your craft. Become that person who everyone wants to cook them dinner, become that person who everyone turns to for finance help, become that movie buff who all your friends and family turn to for the nest film to watch.

This applies to all types of writers too.

  • Children’s Writers – Take your kids shopping, on a camping trip, to the movies, or on a bike trip. The more time you spend with your kids, the more of an expert you become on the tendencies of kids and the way they talk and interact with people. Don’t have kids? Hang out with friends or family that do, coach a kid’s sports team or volunteer at a camp.
  • Niche Writers (sports, cooking, crafts, entertainment, writing, finance, marketing, cars, technology) Just like I did with movies, you should do with your niche. Go out to eat at the hottest new restaurants every other day if you write about food (I write about travel in Chicago and about 70% of the time if you just specify that you are writing a review for a certain publication you can get a free meal. It’s worth the email.) Read publications related to your niche (WSJ for business, Variety for entertainment, ESPN Magazine for sports, Crafts n’ Things for crafts, Bon Appetit for food writers). Reading about your niche should be a relaxing experience and will always help you in the future. Watch shows dedicated to your niche, read and post in forums. But most importantly, get out of your house and experience the world of your craft. Sports experts should be at sports games, entertainment experts should be at movies, theater shows or art galleries, cooking experts should be at restaurants and cooking shows, business experts should be at conferences and networking events, and technology experts should be at trade shows and new release functions.

Finally, we are all still writers, so we must get out of the house to learn about writing and experience the world of writing. For novel writers, writing conferences are the biggest chance you have of getting published. Sitting at your desk sending out dozens of manuscripts will most likely get you nowhere. Have fun, network and share your craft with other people who love writing by traveling to these conferences. The industry big wigs will be there so you can pitch to them or ask questions and you can network with authors who have been published in the past, figuring out what steps they took to do so.

Check out the Association of Writers & Writers Programs’ list of writing conferences to choose from here. Always remember that conferences should be fun. Help your writing career, travel to new places and embark on an adventure with writing conferences. Distance should not deter you either. Heck whenever I go to a writing conference it is my vacation as well as a work function.

We as writers need to not only create a writing platform, but develop a life built around that platform. Go out and do these things to develop a love or strengthen your love of writing. Your adventure is waiting.

See ya next time…

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About Joe Warnimont

I am a writer, marketing expert and adventure seeker. I help people write, market their writing, live truthfully and embrace their lives through creativity. You can find me riding my bike around the streets of Chicago. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

  • http://seductivevenice.wordpress.com seductivevenice

    Good advice–thanks!

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the kind words!

    • http://triciamfoster.wordpress.com/ Tricia Foster

      I agree! Lots of great articles here. I look forward to reading more.

  • http://billyeats.com billyeats

    Well done. Thank you and thanks for following my blog.

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      Thanks for checking out the post, I’m glad you liked it!

  • http://words4jp.wordpress.com words4jp

    Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to following yours, as well. Wonderful ideas.

  • http://bipolarforlife.wordpress.com Soul Survivor

    Hey, thanks for visiting Dina Leah’s blog. I’m her alter-ego; well, one of them, anyway. We have multiple identities, but since we get along very well it works out fine for us. Take care!

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    Hi, Glad you liked our post. If you love reading then visit our Reading page:
    http://cabraseniorlibrary.wordpress.com/reading-writing/

    Cheers

    Stephen Bull

  • http://sarahcradit.wordpress.com sarahcradit

    Thank you for the follow on my blog. Your site looks great. This is all great advice!

  • http://lorigloyd.wordpress.com/ Pelican1

    Good advice. Thanks.

  • http://writeyourownstoryblog.com Our Hero

    Good stuff, I’ll be checking back periodically.

  • http://lornasvoice.wordpress.com Lorna’s Voice

    You mentioned balance. I wonder how you do that? I just released my memoir (1st book) and I can’t even think about writing my second book. I am swamped with my blog, trying to market the book on all sorts of social media platforms with which I’m not familiar, begging for reviews, you name it, I’m exhausted and I already have Chronic Fatigue!

    Oh, by the way, thank for following my blog. How did you find me? I’m always curious. I just signed up for your newsletter.

  • http://openingourparachutes.wordpress.com Erin A Butler

    It seems hard to take your advice unless you’ve really committed yourself to writing. It seems like such a struggle to actually get started, and some job might pop up sooner that’s going to give you that quick paycheck and some benefits. How did you navigate that type of anxiety?

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      Hi Erin,

      Your comment really got me thinking about how I handle this type of anxiety and how to work through the endless amount of responsibilities required as a writer. So I wrote a post on it! I tried to provide some methods that have helped me in the past without the “easier said than done” tips that I seem to read all over the place. Obviously writing comes with a great deal of stress and hopefully some of these tips will help you out. Let me know what you think! http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/crushing-writer-anxiety

      • http://openingourparachutes.wordpress.com Erin A Butler

        Glad I could be an instigator for a great post. Yes, I found it helpful and a good place to start. I’m trying to get better at reading blogs that I’m interested in. I just discovered the joys of “freshly pressed.”

        • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

          Oh freshly pressed is amazing. A great place to start for finding some good reads. Thanks for the inspiration for my last post and good luck and I look forward to talking with you more in the future!

          • http://sammyecampbell.wordpress.com sammyecampbell

            Joe – I am still at that place where seeing that someone even read my blog is so exciting. I hope it never changes. Thank you so much for this
            post. I look forward to reading AND learning more from your blog. As I
            I am writing, I am testing the waters of a 32 year old dream planted in my soul by the birth of our
            oldest son. You have encouraged me to continue and go deeper. Thanks!

  • http://johnlmalone.wordpress.com johnlmalone

    a useful blog: I have learnt from it and you’re right — writing is an adventure just as is life and btw thanks for following my blog; I endeavour to keep it entertaining and instructive

  • http://drybredquips.wordpress.com drybredquips

    Thanks for liking “the chase.” Hope other quips fit your interests. All the best in all your writing and communications regarding the art of words.

  • http://drybredquips.wordpress.com drybredquips

    Thanks for liking a quip and for following my blog. Your interest and support is most appreciated.

  • http://mjshoonersblog.wordpress.com lovewords

    Thanks for visiting my blog! What a great look and read! Awesome blog.

  • http://notebooksandteacups.wordpress.com notebooksandteacups

    Love this post. Inspiration and sound advice wrapped up in one. Bravo!

  • http://gravatar.com/capecodmagic Gerri LeClerc

    Thanks for following my newbie blog. I also like the blogging part but not the marketing. I’m writing my fifth novel at this time. I’m going to follow you on Twitter. Great post.

  • http://gravatar.com/cherileigh9 Cheri L.

    You have an excellent point and this is great advice! Thanks for stopping by the Brass Rag. Come back and see us again soon, we look forward to your comments. Meanwhile, happy writing!

  • http://sidewayscrayon.wordpress.com Sideways Crayon

    Love it!! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://thewritecaravan.wordpress.com mjtannian

    There’s some sound advice in here that I’ll def be considering. Thanks!

  • http://pennyluker.wordpress.com pennyluker

    Thanks for visiting my website. I tried to follow yours. I’ll try again soon. (I didn’t receive the email that confirmed.)

  • http://gravatar.com/margaretlynettesharp Margaret Lynette Sharp

    I thoroughly agree about the importance of getting out there and experiencing the real world. It fosters independent ideas and inspirations. Thanks for such an interesting post. :)

  • http://artstoryhumor.wordpress.com cateberlin

    Reading and life experience, two good points not mentioned enough. Reading is like spending time immersed in a foreign place. We learn new dialects and fatten up our style reserves. And as Nora Ephron’s mother said, “life is copy.” Writers have two modes: time spent writing, and time spent gathering the material to write. Mrs. Ephron’s point is a sanity saver. We know that, in time, bad events can lead to the best fodder, and that days – even months – spent away from the keyboard is never a waste. When my students start to block, it is often because they are trying hard to write in a new way or to conquer a part of writing that has never come as easily as other aspects of the art. I suggest they go out and experience something new instead, and incorporate that adventure into a familiar style of theirs. The result? Time spent thinking about the event keeps the brain from worrying about any new technique. Because this new technique has been percolating in the writer’s head for a while, though, it sneaks in in small ways. At some point the writer realizes this and the new approach no longer intimidates.

    Thanks for a great start to my morning.

  • Emmy

    So right! Doing what you love doing brings inspiration. Thanks for your like and follow and I will definitely come back for more good advice.

  • jackie

    Great advice, very inspiring. Thanks for the follow and I look forward to reading more of this!

  • http://paintingsunny.wordpress.com daniperkins

    Great post!

  • http://thought4thought.wordpress.com Armida

    thank you….great venture in writing

  • http://stephanierische.wordpress.com Stephanie Rische

    So true! Writing should be fun.

  • http://unpackedwriter.wordpress.com unpackedwriter

    Great thoughts on writing in here. Succinct and useful! Thanks, Renee

  • http://kathunsworth.wordpress.com kathunsworth

    Joe
    Love your writing style and helpful tips, I am just starting out on this blogging journey. Pushing myself to finish my first children’s novel. It is golden to find people like you who I can learn from. Writing can be a lonely craft. Thanks for checking out my blog.

  • http://www.suelangetheauthor.com suelange

    Excellent post.

  • http://penandpoise.wordpress.com penandpoise

    Very true. Travel is a brilliant way of opening up the mind – I don’t mean just to other people but also to yourself. Another good reason for hanging onto the day job – it provides the means for travel and writing provides the excuse. I’m not a fan of writing courses, I have done a few but really writing is like a muscle that tones up through exercise – the more you do the better you get even without a tutor. (Does anyone look back over their old notebooks and think “I wish I still wrote like that?”) Some people say you should write everyday. I don’t; sometimes I can’t, it just isn’t there so I go and do something else until it’s ready for me. It never worries me: by now I know it hasn’t gone far. (I’m quite lazy though, I don’t write unless it’s coming like dictation) It’s not the same as writers’ block: for me that only happens when I have more time than ideas. The trick is to be busy. If you’re writing in the “gaps” you haven’t got time for writers block. Go out, meet people – very few books don’t feature them – and despite all the technology, don’t be afraid of paper and pen. The very act of writing – the feel of it – can be its own reward. :)

  • http://roseconnelly.wordpress.com roseconnelly

    Excellent advice and thank you for following my blog. I would love to go to some publishing or writing conferences, but the expense just doesn’t work right now, but when I have the money I certainly will. Good luck with your writing.

  • http://theotherelizabethbarrett.wordpress.com Elizabeth Willis Barrett

    I’m so glad for a blog to give a home to my writing. Thanks for your advice!

  • http://www.cindysouljourney.wordpress.com cpsoulsoul

    I have found your blog quite inspiring and really want to seek out how to write music for films. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • http://barryleethompson.wordpress.com/ barryleethompsonba

    Thanks for following my blog. I’m following yours now, too. I’m looking forward to reading more of your work.

    • http://barryleethompson.wordpress.com/ barryleethompson

      And I don’t know what happened to my username in that comment just now. I think it started to duplicate itself…

  • http://babaamor.wordpress.com Abraham

    Good points there. I like the summary at the beginning.

  • http://atlnoir.wordpress.com Peter Brahm

    Hey there! When I got the email notifying me that you found my blog and started following me, I got pumped up, especially after reading this post. I’m very glad my blog caught your attention just hours after I created it. Hoping to get in touch with you more through the year!

  • http://simplymarch.wordpress.com Marisol

    I love writing and your suggestions are great.Thanks so much for following my blog

  • http://theyuster.files.wordpress.com Clarence

    Great reminder and a good kick in the butt. I’m trying to write stand-up as well and this definitely applies. Readers/audience can always pick up on the fake or fabricated experience.

  • http://evonlagrou.com Evon

    Thanks for the tips!

  • http://www.stuartgyates.com Stuart G Yates

    This is an interesting post, and thanks for liking and following mine. We’re on virtually the same lines, except I don’t see writing as a career. For me, it’s far important than that! Thanks again.

  • http://www.reneeann.wordpress.com Renee-Ann

    Good morning Joe

    very interesting post indeed. Thanks for the tips. Great suggestions.

    Renee-Ann
    http://www.reneeann.wordpress.com

  • http://tiggerrenewing.wordpress.com elayne

    Hi there!
    thanks for stopping by and reading some of my book reviews and deciding to follow my blog:)

  • http://disregardtheprologue.wordpress.com Kate Sparkes

    Hmm, writing conferences… If getting published is a mountain, that’s a comfortable ledge at the top of a steep cliff right above me. I just can’t get to them.

    Literally… I live in the middle of practically nowhere. :)

  • Debra Young

    Great post! Thanks for the like and the follow! I’ll be back! d:)

  • https://ramblingsofanimmigrantson.wordpress.com/ AKS

    Great post and advice. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://storybodyguard.com Zara Altair

    Thanks for the comment and the follow and the comment on Le vol des cigognes.

  • http://tobaccokiosk.wordpress.com/ Joseph Harwick

    Thanks for following my Blog. You’ve got a great talent and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  • http://www.YourBookStartsHere.com Catharine Bramkamp

    Great blog! Thank you for liking Newbie Writers Guide, I hope you found it as helpful and informative.

  • http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com/ Briana Vedsted

    Thank you so much for the advice! You post are incredibly helpful. I also liked the post http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/crushing-writer-anxiety/
    And thank you for following my blog!
    Best wishes and the best of luck!
    Briana

  • http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com/ Briana Vedsted

    Sorry about that, I meant to say, Your posts are incredibly helpful!

  • http://williesha.wordpress.com/blog Willi

    Wow! You have a really awesome site. Thanks for stopping buy and following.

  • Rebecca

    I like your exuberance and excitement for writing. That is the way to approach it.

  • http://soundslikewish.wordpress.com Trish Worth

    I’m sitting here reading stuff on my computer and dressed to go for a bike ride but I’m not actually getting off my chair… Reading this post has reminded me of my plan for this morning. So, thanks! There’s just so much good stuff to read. It’s addictive. That’s why self-discipline was invented.
    PS Thanks for looking at my blog today.

  • http://www.jubileewriter.wordpress.com Cindy Huff

    Great reminder. Sometimes I forget to get out there and engage with life.

  • http://ATherapistwithaPen Paul

    I really enjoyed the post. You have inspired me to keep at it.

  • http://butimbeautiful.wordpress.com rose

    a life, really? But I turned to writing to get AWAY from all that :)

  • http://momtheobscure.wordpress.com Ms. M

    Thank you so much for following my blog, because it brought me to your site. There is so much here I am interested in reading and hopefully acting upon.

  • Abisola

    Thank you soo much for your blog. It’s been a real encouragement and eye opener. I’ve often wondered why I love reading so much. Sounds silly that I didn’t realise the connection.
    Anyways, thank you for following my blog too!

    God bless you!

  • http://fabulasdegaudium.wordpress.com G

    Thanks for following my blog and liking my posting. Looking forward to reading your blog too.

  • http://eggstacee.wordpress.com stacy clark

    I have yet to find a name for what I do… a niche. What oieces I have had published had been unsolicited and random. I write satire/humor to amuse myself, what gets published is – for lack of any better description – prose? There’s so much more to it than that, the process is part of the product. How is that supposed to be relayed in the few seconds one gets when being considered- and wow how to begin to market it ??? I can elaborate if you’re interested just ask.
    -Stacy

  • http://crossingsauthor.wordpress.com Judy Fleagle

    Once again, i agree with your comments. Great post!

  • http://mereinkling.wordpress.com Rob Stroud

    Lots of great advice here. Thanks. (And I can sure imagine how unlike work studying cinema must have been.)

  • http://JaneGracePresents.wordpress.com/ Jane Grace

    I enjoyed reading your thoughts on writing. As a fiction writer I concur about getting out and mingling with the real world. I could easily be a hermit and stay home writing all the time, but then how real would my characters, settings or emotions be?! Looking forward to more of your thoughts. Jane Grace

  • http://www.pgs-patgarciaschaack.com Patricia Anne Pierce-garcia Schaack

    Hi,
    I truly agree. As writers we have to develop our life style and participate in life if we want to pass it on. Our writing lives partially from our experience.
    Thank you for visiting one of my blogs and I wish you all the best.
    Ciao,
    Pat

  • Suzanne Miller

    Thanks for joining my blog following. Yours looks fascinating and I’m enjoying exploring it.

  • deepatg

    Thanks for following my blog. Looking forward to more interaction.

  • http://gregoryfaccone.com/ Gregory Faccone

    It is indeed an ongoing adventure, and not an immediate flash of instant phenomena. And life does feed our writing. How much of our experience and growing wisdom is reflected in our written works? They just do not pop out of vacuum.

  • sharezlee

    I like all the post you’ve posted. =) inspiring and informative.

  • http://twentyfourseveninfrance.com 24/7 in France

    Great advice – I’m spending way too many hours in front of my computer lately! Thanks too for visiting/following my blog.

  • http://www.butterflywomanpublishing.com Mary Ellen Ryall

    Thanks for following my Blog. Looking forward to future reads on your site.

  • http://www.mikebondbooks.com Mike Bond

    A lot of good thoughts here. If we are writers we must convey the world, and to do so we have to know it well. Not just imagine it, but know it.

  • http://cariwiese.wordpress.com/ Cari Wiese

    Thank you for following my blog and liking my post Robert Frost Makes Life Decisions For Me… Sometimes!

  • http://www.raulfelix.com Raul Felix

    This is pretty awesome advice. I’m still trying to figure out what my niche is and attempting to develop it. Mine is more of the lines of comedy writing, so I try to watch comedic things and hone in my shit talking skills with my friends. Also, I have a bit of experience with motorcycle travel, so that would be a niche I could get myself into also.

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      Thanks for stopping by Raul. You could also try combining the two. Maybe put a comedic spin on motorcycle travel. :)

  • http://mjfimages.com mflahertyphoto

    Thanks for hitting like on my blog. I notice you don’t have such an option. I wonder if it’s because you don’t like when people like. I like when people like but I also wish they had the time to say something to me.

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for stopping by and I love when people like! I just switched out the wordpress like buttons for the social media share and like buttons. I just think they get the word out a little better. :)

      • Michael Flaherty

        Hey,
        Just got in a sarcastic mood about the like concept. It happens occasionally, sorry, hope you aren’t offended. I actually do very much appreciate the time you took to stop by the blog, and even follow! Now you get to see every darn boring thing I write, oh joy! See, I can be sarcastic about myself too. Have a great day and happy blogging!

        • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

          Hi Michael,
          No need to be sorry. I’ve gotten that question a few times before and it’s just personal preference. Good luck with your writing!

  • http://www.normaching.com mastersheart

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I find yours very interesting and informative. I’ll be back.

  • http://www.creativekiwis.com Craig Lock

    All the best with your writing, Joe

    Kind regards
    craig

    “Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world…for the better”

    • http://www.writewithwarnimont.com/ Joe Warnimont

      Thanks Craig. You as well!

  • http://www.kayuk.wordpress.com Vickie

    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for stopping in and reading some of my poetry. I’m so glad you did because otherwise I wouln’t have found your site.
    You really have provided a lot of information here for an aspiring wannabe writer like myself so I hope you keep it up. I’ll be back. I’m especially interested in finding a good agent for some short story collections and a novel I’m working on.
    Thanks again,
    Vickie

  • http://mcdulac.wordpress.com M. C. Dulac

    Thanks so much for bringing me to your blog. I just read your e-book “The Land-Locked Travelling Writer” and feel totally inspired! (It’s Sunday afternoon here in Australia). What a great of expressing all creative people’s dreams! I’ve zipped around your site and there is so much to read. I will definitely be back!

  • Author Nicole Luongo

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I look forward to reading your ebook. I am interested in writing one, too!
    http://bareyournakedtruth.wordpress.com