The Art of Discernment for Authors in an Age of Information Overload

Joanne McCall - Feature Speaker - Nonfiction Writers Conference 2024

In our digital era, we’re inundated with a constant stream of information. For authors and writers, parsing through this deluge to find the gold amidst the grit is no small feat. It’s all too easy to be swept away by the torrent of content pouring in from social media, blogs, podcasts, and more. (Make it stop!)

This barrage of information, while rich in potential for research and inspiration, comes with its pitfalls. The challenge? Identifying strategies and insights that resonate with your unique author journey, amidst advice that, while well-presented, may not align with your needs. This is where the art of discernment becomes invaluable.

Discernment allows you to navigate this vast ocean of advice, pinpointing what truly serves you. It’s about recognizing that the landscape of advice is diverse and what aids one may not suit another. Particularly for authors, who, for example, may get lots of social media advice – some more for large brands, not for individual authors. Your audience, resources, and objectives require a nuanced approach, which begs the question…how?

Five ways you can hone this skill and ensure you’re getting the best advice

Clarify Your Goals: Understanding your objectives helps filter out noise. If advice doesn’t align with your goals, it’s likely not meant for your path.

Seek Author-Specific Resources: Dive into resources like the Savvy Sunday News, created with authors in mind (see info below to sign up). These resources are crafted to offer insights and strategies directly applicable to you and your work.

Cultivate Your Network: Connect with a community of authors and industry insiders. The support, feedback, and advice found within these circles can be a lighthouse guiding you through murky waters.

Embrace Trial and Error: Not every strategy will be a win. Experimentation allows you to discover what truly resonates with your work and what doesn’t.

Attend Events and Conferences: I’m thrilled to invite you to an event designed with you in mind – the Nonfiction Writers Conference 2024. Taking place from May 8-10, entirely online, it offers the convenience of attending from anywhere, even in your coziest attire. Join us for a gathering of minds, where speakers tailored to your interests will share invaluable insights. As a returning speaker, I look forward to connecting with you there.

Bottom Line

In today’s saturated digital landscape, sifting through the endless advice to find what genuinely benefits you is more crucial than ever. Remember, the most successful authors are those who can discern which advice to embrace and which to bypass.

To your success!


P.S. Let me know if you’ll be attending the Nonfiction Writers Conference. This is a fabulous event for authors. You can join us here.

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