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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

12 Steps To Being A Successful Author

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How can you become a great writer with a successful career?

You may believe you have the answer within you and that would be the first step:  believe in yourself.  But what might it take to unlock your true creativity, the imaginative writer, and the extraordinary promoter?

Here are skills, attributes, and characteristics of creative, successful people.  Embrace them if you want to rise further:

1.      Be persistent.  You must relentlessly improve yourself, your craft, your mind.  Stagnate or get lazy and you will underachieve.

2.      Forget always being sensible.  Pursue a pleasure or passion.  Don’t always be logical or rational – be different.

3.      Writing is not a hobby or something you do after you work to pay the bills. Don’t fall back on a safety net or be passive in your pursuits.  Take a risk and throw yourself into your writing.

4.      Don’t let technology dominate, intimidate, or overwhelm you.  Deal with it, use it, and be aware of it.  Don’t fear or avoid it.

5.      Embrace chance, accident, randomness, and opportunity.  Don’t just fixate on what is predictable or controllable.  Be open to what is uncertain, different, unfamiliar, risky.

6.      Question everything and everyone.  Assume nothing.  Ask and learn.  Be inquisitive and probing.  See everything as a potential path of inquiry and as a fertile source of inspiration.

7.      Don’t impose barriers upon yourself that don’t really exist.

8.      Be courageous and do what others won’t, can’t, don’t or fear.

9.      Create a good environment for you to create under.  Set the mood, the look, the sounds.  Shape your surroundings to inspire.

10.  Don’t delay or put off what’s most needed to be done by you.  The very thing you avoid is what you must confront.  Step out of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith.

11.  Call upon self-discipline and a stick-to-it attitude.  Set your own standards and keep pushing yourself.  If you want good things to unfold you need to push them along to make stuff happen.

12.  Lastly, keep learning and discovering.  As you bring new facts, people, and ideas into your circle, your writing will grow.

“If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for?”
--Alice Walker

“A PERSON who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it.”
--Ursula K. Le Guin

“…A WRITER because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.”
--Junot Díaz

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