Want to be a story writer? To get on the path to publication, you’ll need to know a few things.
Know that Writers Write
You’ll have to put in a lot of time. I mean a lot. Malcolm Gladwell said that you have to work at something for 10,000 hours to become an expert, and writing is not an exception. If you love it, it’s all worth it.
Writing professionally is about having good habits. Set a writing schedule for yourself, and stick to it. Whatever amount of time you can put in during the day, do it consistently. You will see improvement.
Brandon Sanderson is a great example of this. (He’s my favorite author. I took a class from him – that’s right, it was awesome! – and I will definitely be referring to him throughout this blog.) Sanderson wrote 13 novels before he published one. 13 novels!
Was it magical novel number 13 that he published? Nope. It was his 6th.
Sanderson didn’t write one novel and spend years trying to promote it. While trying to publish, he kept writing and writing and writing.
Know Why You Want it and How Badly
I’m working on being a writer because I’d never be happy doing anything else.
I tried doing cancer research (yeah, I know Science is the opposite of English), but I was always wishing that I was writing.
If writing is just a hobby for you, that’s all right. Just know what you want. If you want to write for 15 minutes a day and chug along to get that novel done, that’s great. Set that goal and stick to it.
If you want to become a full-time writer, you need to act like it now. Set aside as much time as you can for writing time.
Do something to remind yourself of how much you want to publish. Find writing quotes to inspire you, visualize yourself achieving your goal. Put a reminder on your computer desktop or on your fridge, somewhere where you’ll see it every day.
Writing takes work. You need something to remind yourself how much you love it. Speaking of which…
Know that Writing is Hard
But know that it’s worth it. Every bit of it. Every word you write will make you a better writer. Don’t ever give up.
Not to brag or anything, but I’ve learned a ton about story writing – from Brandon Sanderson, from other writing classes, from reading a lot about it. I want to share that knowledge. I want to make your life as a writer easier.
I want to help you publish.
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