This is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) style post about predictions for writers in 2019.
Top Predictions For Successful Writers in 2019
As 2018 draws to a close, trends for writers are becoming crystal clear for the New Year.
This list is based on my opinion and my opinion is based on things I have seen happening in the writing world this year.
Writing Predictions for 2019
1. Good writing is going to become even more important than it is right now.
The internet is bogged down with video. Much of it home shot and unedited. Just because anyone can make a video and upload it to the internet does not mean they should do so without some editing.
Good writing, however, is in ever decreasing supply and 2019 is going to be the year that writing once again makes its way to the forefront of the internet.
Not that words don’t count now, they certainly do. But 2019 is going to bring back a popularity of good writing unprecedented in the history of the world.
2. Writers will need to spend more time on promotion
The old adage commonly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door”. This may still hold true but with some caveats.
It’s a lot easier for everyone in the world to get to your door to get that better mousetrap if you tell them where you live, how to get there and have a poignant description of your mousetrap available online.
As a writer you’re going to be waiting a very long time for anyone to come to read your words if you don’t tell anyone you have written them.
In the old days of book publishing, it was the authors who were primarily responsible for promoting their books.
That has not changed at all in the internet age. You still need to promote your own book.
A website, a Facebook page, an account at Medium, membership in a few writing groups in Facebook all of these go a long way toward making your words available for more readers to enjoy.
3. Readers are going to demand more writing with substance.
There are only so many snippets of writing you can consume in a day before you get sick to the stomach. Nobody can build a life of meaning on a diet of shallow writing which presents ideas in a cursory way.
As a writer of substance, you will be poised to offer readers relief from the daily onslaught of shallow writing. Listicles can absolutely help a reader get started on the road to authentic knowledge, but a reading diet of nothing but lists of the 5 Best, 7 Best or 10 Best Tips and Hacks does not do much to help anyone in the long term.
Authentic writing that flows together coherently is going to be in shorter and shorter supply. When you can supply that kind of writing that readers crave, you are going to be sitting pretty.
4. More people than ever are going to try writing online.
As people realize their videos, slide decks, images, infographics and selfies are living shorter and shorter lives; being almost instantly replaced by newer content, they are going to turn to writing to make their voices heard.
This is awesome news for writers who want to be successful because it means the online world is going to become more attuned to words than anything else.
It isn’t that every person online is going to want to read your writing. It’s that your writing is going to be more available for more people to read.
You already write for a specific group. Even if that was not your original intention, niching down is how the internet is organized. This is good news for you because it means you can connect with readers who want what you have to offer.
5. More people than ever are going to quit writing online.
This is because most people do not understand that writing is work.
Real writing, writing that comes from your heart and soul, takes skill, stamina and sweat. As the writer who is going for more success in 2019, you are in the perfect place to capture the hearts of those readers left high and dry by the sudden exodus of writers from the net.
If you spend any time online with other writers, you know that a ton of writers quit every day. There’s always a reason that sounds logical, but most often comes down to the idea that writing is hard work.
We’ve all experienced writing setbacks. Successful writers get back up, carry on and write again. And again. And again.
Writing is a solitary pursuit in that the words come from your heart alone.There are not enough hours in the day for you to spend any of those hours complaining that people aren’t reading your work. Get up and go find those readers who are going to love you.
Ignore the noise, let others do the complaining, you’ve got words to write.
2019 is going to be the year of the writer. It’s not going to be the year of people taking courses about writing, watching videos about writing or talking about writing. Those are fine pursuits but they are not the same as writing.