The Successful Writer
As a relatively new author, I have found that success comes in a variety of ways. For example, success is not always found by the number of books sold, but often by the gratification of actually finishing the project. Everyday I run into people who want to become an author. They have great ideas for the plot of a story and they’re very animated about the thought of writing and publishing their first novel. The truth? Most don’t write past the first few hundred words much less finish the entire novel. As the cliché’ goes…
“The world’s full of people with good intentions”.
Their problem is that writing is work. Even if it’s not an award winning piece of literature, it takes dedication, commitment, and time to produce a finished story. Hollywood paints authors as people who simply write novels and then spend their free time living the life of luxury. For most aspiring writers — that scenario is pure garbage. Any writer dedicated to becoming a serious author finds little free time, much less makes enough income off their prose to make a living. If you’re considering writing as a full-time occupation you might want to do some research first and get a reality check. On the other hand, if you’re considering writing because something inside is screaming to escape, then full throttle ahead. Just remember — whether writing as an occupation, or as a hobby, becoming an author is like running a business. Treat it as such. Stay committed. Do your homework. Set time aside on a regular basis to improve your craft. Learn from others. Set goals.
Determine in your own mind what success means to you. Otherwise you will never find it.
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