As 2023 is in full swing, this year has shown itself to be an exciting time for writers of all kinds. However, it has also shown itself to be a tricky landscape. 2023 has introduced a tirade of new things for writers to consider, including AI and content itself.
Stepping into the writing community can feel daunting. But with the right knowledge and preparation, being a writer in 2023 can be a fulfilling task.
Beware the Lure of AI
AI has been a popular topic this year. AI writing tools have made it possible to generate entire articles and papers with the click of a button. But does the ease outweigh the risk?
Content written by AI has come under fire in the last year, including copyright infringement accusations and lawsuits for defamation of character. At the time of this writing, AI is a veritable wild west, with little regulation to govern it.
Legal headlines aside, AI-written copy also lacks human feeling. At some point, it all begins to sound the same. Audiences crave human touch, and we as writers should not forsake our creativity and skill for convenience.
Create Content that Matters
Anyone can write a get-rich-quick piece or a listicle of the top ten cutest puppies. But in 2023, audiences want authentic and meaningful content. Content should be created to inform, entertain, and captivate your readers.
When deciding what topics to write about, consider what your audience would value. Does it teach them something new? Does it answer a question about a specific topic? Does it broaden their knowledge or give them a new way of looking at things? These are just a few questions to ask yourself when preparing to write.
Don't be Afraid to Push Boundaries
Bill Stout once said, "Whether or not you write well, write bravely."
When creating my brand, I knew the Hemp Bitch would push boundaries. People either loved it or they hated it. However, the branding of my blog allowed me to be authentic, use my own voice, and push boundaries with my own writing
Some of the best writing known to man has pushed the boundaries of literature and social propriety. After all, think of where we would be if Shakespeare did not push a boundary or three.
Expect Writer's Block
Writer's block happens to every writer at one point or another. It's a natural part of writing. However, it is important to know how to shake loose the cobwebs so you can put pen to paper once again.
Some strategies to dislodge writer's block include;
Participating in a creative activity
Read a book, newspaper, etc.
Go for a walk
Establish a Routine
Are mornings in your home quieter? Do you find yourself with free time in the afternoon? These may be ideal times to write.
Establishing a routine is important to help keep the creative juices flowing. This practice with also help prevent writer's block and life's many distractions from keeping you away from your writing. However, it is vital to note that routines are not a one size fits all scenario. What may work for you may not work for someone else.
2023 is an exciting year for writers from all walks of life. Even though it is June, there are still many new things happening every day. With these helpful tips, the remainder of your 2023 is sure to be as equally amazing!