9 Steps in the Write Direction

Raise your hand if you’d like to be a best selling author.

Too ambitious?

Raise your hand if you’d like to be a published writer.

Still too much?

Are you ready to add writing to your Action Plan – not necessarily every day, just regularly?

Good! Let’s start there.

Here are eight suggestions for writing more (and developing your knowledge of what constitutes “good writing”).

1. Read.

Even reading fiction gives you a feel for good writing . . . or not-so-great writing, depending on what you grab. And, of course, reading how-to books will help you learn the craft. However, don’t think you have to “know it all” before you start or you never will.

2. Start small

Unless you already write on a regular basis, it’s likely best to set yourself a goal that fits into what is likely an already-busy schedule.

3. Add “writing” to your Action List.

You’re probably well aware that when we write something down it is far more likely to happen. It also feels great to cross it off the list once a week . . . once a day . . . whatever works best for you.

4. Be willing to make sacrifices.

It isn’t easy to make writing a priority, especially with the pace most of us keep. Sacrificing time spent on Facebook, in front of the TV, or playing video games might just give us the time we need. Just don’t sacrifice family, work that pays the bills, or sleep – well, not too much sleep anyway.

5. Get those closest to you on board.

Though they may not understand your desire to write, it’s great to have support from family and friends.

6. Ditch the words “aspiring” and “wannabe.”

Do you express yourself on paper – physical or electronic – in words? If the answer is yes, you are already a writer. Not all writers are published. Remind yourself of that – often.

7. Connect with other writers.

Getting together with one or more other writers can be a tremendous encouragement. If there isn’t a writers’ group nearby – or there isn’t one that seems to be a good fit – consider starting your own. Our writers’ group began by working through Judy Reeves’s Writing Alone, Writing Together. Even if members are all new to the adventure, you can learn from one another.

8. Attend a writers’ conference.

Sound crazy if you’re just starting out? Trust me on this. Attending classes and workshops put on by professionals and hanging out with other writers really gets the creative juices flowing. It is also great to connect with others who “speak your language.” They’ll understand the challenges, the sorrows, and the joys of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).

9. And don’t forget the obvious – WRITE!

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