Anita Agers Brooks

Becoming an Expert to Support Your Writing

Do Ordinary Things Extraordinarily WellIf you seriously pursue writing for very long, you’ll soon hear it, especially if you write any form of non-fiction. “You need to become an expert to build your platform.”

“But an expert in what,” you might ask.

I used to ask the same thing, but here’s a few things I discovered about becoming an expert to support what I write about.

1. Your expertise usually comes naturally. What are you drawn to repeatedly? What are you trained in? What do others come to you for advice or counsel on?

2. How others view you as an expert will evolve with your writing career. I would never have referred to myself as a Common Trauma Expert, yet more and more, that’s what interviewers are calling me based on my latest book, Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over.

3. You can become an expert over time. Research topics that intrigue you. Interview others. Reflect on your own life experiences. The culmination of information from all of these things has given me some core insights that others value — making me an expert in their eyes.

Expertise is something we acquire, not something we are born with. The good news is that you can become an expert with focus, consistency, and patience. Just today, I solidified my own expertise with a blog post reinforcing my message. I did a short piece on How to Help the Hurting, as a Common Trauma Expert, it’s one more way I feed my passion for compassion.

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When you become an expert, by the perceptions of others, you support your writing. You are seen as someone who doesn’t just have something to say, but you are qualified to say it. Even fiction writers increase their audience following when they show expertise.

So before you discount this important aspect of writing, or discount your own expertise, remember what I say in general, “It’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.” What does this mean for you?

  • It’s never too late for you to begin gaining information.
  • It’s never too late for you to analyze your own drives to decide what you might be best qualified to become an expert on.
  • It’s never too late for you to consistently pursue growth and education.
  • It’s never too late for you to support your writing, your message, and your purpose.

Are you seen as an expert in something? How do you help others on a regular basis?

Anita Fresh Faith

Anita Brooks motivates others to dynamic breakthroughs. Blending mind, heart, and spirit, as an Inspirational Business/Life Coach, International Speaker, and Common Trauma Expert.

Getting Through What You Can't Get OverAnita is also an award-winning author. Her titles include Amazon best seller: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Barbour Publishing, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, Leafwood Publishing, Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir, and contributor to The Change: Insights Into Self Empowerment Book #4. Her books are available at major and independent bookstores, Amazon, plus several online retailers.

She fulfills her mission to help 21st century women and men make fresh starts with fresh faith by sharing what she’s learned through experience, interviews, and research. Anita shares hope and encouragement on her Fresh Faith Inspirations podcast.

Anita’s favorite pastime is watching sunsets with her husband of 30 years, while they laugh and dip their toes in the water. Her favorite passion is inspiring others to transform battles into victories.

You can connect with Anita on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or Twitter. Keep up with Anita’s latest happenings at anitabrooks.com. Email anita@anitabrooks.com to request information on having Anita inspirationally speak or train at your next event.

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