You want to hear the secret sauce to writer success? Let me give you a glimpse.
The Thousand Fold Path
Everyone has their advice on how to write. Do you plot or do you pants? Should you focus on world building or character depth? What is the best marketing strategy? How do you write query letters? Self publishing or traditional publishing?
With nearly every one of those questions, the answer varies drastically, and success can be found across the spectrum. I personally find that every book can have a different process. I switch between pantster and plotter (though I tend plotter).
But there is one piece of advice I hear from successful writers.
Yes. That’s it. Whether it’s Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, R.A. Salvatore, or any other famous author, you need to sit your butt in a chair and write.
There is the ever famous quote by Jodi Picoult, “You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”
Let me reassure you, it is not a “might,” but a certainty, some days your writing will be dross. Currently, I’m writing book 5 for my War of Chaos and Order series and it’s horrible.
You can find plenty of advice from King on the variation for just write. Sometimes with foul language. You can find it from a dozen other authors, too. I have yet to find the successful author who says they wait for the muse.
You should write when you stand or when you sit, by a man, or typing it. Perhaps in the rain with hard goals, then there’s pain, birthing story foals. Write it, write it, everywhere. But if you don’t, you won’t finish, I swear.
Ahem, I mean, write. Set a goal, time or word count, sit your butt down, and write. Or stare at trees until you write.
You can do this.
I’d love to hear your writing process and other tips that work for you! The more paths we learn about, the more likely we are to find our path to success!