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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Writing Success: Never Stop

Success in writing is like success in many fields. You need to love it and you definitely need to never stop doing it. Writing only gets better with practice. Be prolific, be dedicated, be a little obsessed. You cannot map out a book, an article, or any other piece of writing entirely in your head before you start. You have to start putting words on the page, whether that page is physical or digital. As you do, magic happens. Connections occur that you didn't know where there. As you wrestle with ideas, with facts, with fiction, with history, with prose, with poetry, the words take off and move in surprising directions, taking you down avenues, paths, byways, and alleys of the mind you didn't even know where there.

As you continue, you write faster, you begin to trust you instincts, you begin to see places you can go, ways of tackling the subject that are eminently more satisfying than where you started. Write every day if you can.

And when you aren't writing, read. Read voraciously. See how other authors you admire handled the subjects as well. Then you learn what it is you have to offer that is uniquely yours because you begin to see the thrust of other authors' passions and perspectives. It fuels the fire and helps you write better. Read book on writing as well ... although never let those books replace writing itself. The writing is key. The writing develops and evolves over time. Enjoy the process and never stop trying to improve. Accept that early work is likely to be crap and that serious editing is always part of the process. Never deceive yourself into thinking your words are golden. Never imagine your pearls of wisdom cannot be improved. That way lies pain and disappointment. Anyone who thinks their work is perfect has lost the desire to learn and their work will suffer.

Now, stop reading and start writing. There's no time like the present.

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