10 Things ... Writers Can Learn from Trump

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Daniella on what writers might learn from the 45th President of the United States. 

I know you might be wondering what a thoughtful writer could possibly learn from Trump, other than that Wotsit-orange still isn't a look, or how to remain a multi-billionaire after claiming six business bankruptcies (though the latter is only helpful to a select few).

But Trump's strange appeal is evident, and this is indeed something we can learn from.

After the style of one of the best teen films and pop Shakespeare adaptations of the 20th century 10 Things I Hate About You, here are my (slightly tongue-in-cheek) 10 Things Writers Can Learn from Trump.

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Julia Stiles/Touchstone Pictures (1999)

1.       I've learnt how to use Twitter, from you.

Social Media, particularly Twitter, is a great tool to reach tens of thousands of people. Building a social profile can be a great way for you, as a writer, to reach your future audience. You can literally say whatever you want. 

 
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And 5 years later...

 
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2.       I learnt how to be bold, from you.

"I wasn't satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement." - Donald J. Trump

You're probably not going into the business of 'being a writer' for the big bucks – but this is still in some ways a useful takeaway. Make a statement with your work. Don't be shy.

 
 

3.       I've learnt how important it is to build an image, from you.

Create a strong brand. When people see it, they immediately know who it is. Stick by who you are and what you say. (Let's face it, Trump and the 'Russian Hoax' are practically synonymous by this point.)