Writing Time: Part 3. 9 Ways to Tell if You Have What it Takes

WriterwithwillowsAll professions have aspects in common, and one of these is waking up in the night to ask yourself, “Do I have what it takes?”

You can be sure you’ll succeed as a writer if…

  1. You read that somebody else has sold a truckload of books and you think, Fantastic.
  2. You show up for the work every week, prepared for the job.
  3. You read up on your craft with the same energy and interest doctors and lawyers do if they want to succeed. (for writers, that includes marketing.)
  4. Your desire is strong enough that you’re happy to take 5 minutes here and there through your week to write an outline for a story, a character, and a scene.
  5. You are happy to carve out the 1 ½ to 3 hours it takes to draft 1,500 to 3,000 words a week to that outline, giving you 70,000 to 140,000 words a year.
  6. You are happy to take seven years or more to learn your profession, which is true with every profession, and you are delighted to keep learning.
  7. You notice while you’re drafting, revising, or polishing, that you smile from time to time.
  8. You love the people you work with: your characters.
  9. You love the people you work for: your readers.

With these attitudes and practices, you are rich in persistence and endurance. Furthermore, you can be sure that inspiration will thrive. Your work becomes everything you dreamed it could be.

Cheers Mel

Editor,  Pulp Literature Press

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