What Leads to Success:
- Passion - I've blogged about this before in Z is for Zen, If you don't love what you do, find something else you do love doing. You should write to fill yourself with joy and satisfaction. Write because you must.
- Work - All things of value in life come with great effort. Be prepared to put in the hours and send out the queries and rewrite your novel for the hundredth time. Don't whip up a first draft and assume other people will edit it for you.
- Good - Skill is a basic ingredient to success. How do you get good at writing? Learn from the experienced, read to expose yourself to good writing and... practice, practice, practice.
- Focus - Tune your energy and attention to the task at hand. Sometimes this may require switching off the internet and other distractions. You're here to write, so write.
- Push - Keep going, despite every hurdle. The only way to guarantee you won't make it, is to stop now. Push yourself physically and mentally. Met your word quota for the day? Double it!
- Serve - To become successful at anything you can not be only meeting your own needs. Serve others, in writing this means write for your reader, not for yourself. You think that scene is just perfect, but your beta readers all tell you it's just backstory and confuses the flow of the narrative? You know what you have to do.
- Ideas - Keep your imagination active. Always have your notebook (or your notes app on your iPhone) and record interesting dialogue, story plots that come to mind and anything that inspires. Journal and record your dreams.
- Persist - When you hit that first rejection this will be the hardest element to hold onto. If you are truly passionate about writing you won't give up. Keep trying, keep sending stories out there. Keep getting better.
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