&l;p&g;Are you interested in doing some form of writing in retirement?&a;nbsp; Great, I&a;rsquo;m going to share some simple ideas to make that a reality. Whether that means writing a book, blog, presentation or for a major media outlet like &l;em&g;Forbes&l;/em&g;, writing is an effective way to add meaning and value to your life in retirement.
There are many benefits to writing including the ability to express yourself, share knowledge and experience, as well as to influence or support others.&a;nbsp; Whatever the goal or objective of your writing, the important thing is getting started.
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But where should you begin? With a blog, news article, or book? Here&a;rsquo;s a simple formula to achieve all three.
&l;strong&g;Start With A Blog&l;/strong&g;
I encourage new or even existing writers to start their own blog.&a;nbsp; This will allow you to hone your voice and skills, as well as allow you to see what people like and respond to.&a;nbsp; You may write a weekly blog and find that some topics and titles only get a few views, whereas others generate hundreds or even thousands of views.
It&a;rsquo;s important not to take it personal, but rather to use it as research into what readers want and are looking for. By taking this approach you can develop a niche or area of specialization that you can be known for. This is crucial because it&a;rsquo;s hard to sell a book to people that don&a;rsquo;t know you or your voice.&a;nbsp; So, blogging can not only produce great content but also future revenue when you are ready to consolidate your thoughts into a book.
Another great thing about starting with a blog is that once you get going, you can guest blog for other people and even some media outlets.&a;nbsp; Often local newspapers (including online newspapers) accept reader blogs, and sources like The Huffington Post are popular for accepting blog pitches from new writers and giving them exposure to the big leagues.
Now not everyone will want to write for a major media outlet, but once you have developed a consistent flow for blogging, garnered yourself a few fans, and even appeared in some local media, you can reach out to an editor and pitch your writing skills to them.
The key thing here is having reference links where editors can see the number of views, comments, and get a sense for your style. &a;nbsp;You&a;rsquo;re much more appealing when you bring an audience, even if it&a;rsquo;s a small one, and / or provide specialized knowledge and experience.
It&a;rsquo;s worth pointing out that major media outlets can have different styles and requirements. For example, Forbes allows us to have expert opinions where we can share our knowledge and experience.&a;nbsp; However, other places I have written for, want three or more other experts quoted in the blog. Two very different styles, so make sure your pitch fits their format.
Writing a 200-page book is very different than writing a 750-word blog.&a;nbsp; Some people find the idea of writing an entire book intimidating, but it doesn&a;rsquo;t have to be, especially if you start with a blog.&a;nbsp; As I mentioned earlier, by knowing which titles and topics appeal to people, you can use that information to outline your book.
One way to start is to write down your most popular blog posts in order of most views, shares, and comments.&a;nbsp; This should produce a top 10 or 20 that you can develop a general theme from. &a;nbsp;My latest book, Retirement Rx, is an assembly of blogs I had written over the last few years that is designed to help people remedy the need to plan for the non-financial aspects of retirement.
Since most of the content was already written and edited, my primary focus was on bringing the chapters together and creating a consistent style.&a;nbsp; It&a;rsquo;s also much easier to sell a book when you an audience and reputation.
Becoming an author is a great personal achievement that can also lead to other things such as speaking engagements or training opportunities.&a;nbsp; Both of which can be valuable to your retirement in terms of connecting with others, keeping mentally sharp, and in some cases, putting some extra money in your pocket.
Overall, writing in retirement can be a great way to not only add meaning and value to your life in retirement, but also express yourself, share knowledge and experience, as well as to influence others.&l;/p&g;