Top Tips For Sustained Writing Success

By on February 26, 2021

If you want to find success as a writer, you need to master the basics. This might seem obvious, but setting yourself with a solid foundation to build upon is crucial. If you don’t understand the fundamentals of writing, you will find it difficult to progress and really work on your craft. It’s like trying to learn to run before you can walk, skip the important first steps, and you are just setting yourself up for a fall. 

So what should you do first?

Learning to write well is the most important first step for writers, and you should focus on this and only this before attempting anything else. With all the things that writers are expected to be these days it can quick;y become overwhelming and confusing if you try to do too much too soon. So forget about book marketing, planning campaigns and organising book tours and instead spend your time and energy building the necessary skills it takes to become a noteworthy writer. 

Learning to write takes time. You need to understand how to gather your thoughts and then turn them into well constructed, arresting sentences that sit next to one another, building upon one another to form your story. You need to be able to state your ideas with clarity and precision, to select the best lines of action that will entice and delight your readers. To structure and to pace your writing so you build momentum.

Good writers are also intuitive writers. Author Garry Kasparov who is a grand master chess player spoke highly of the power of intuition saying: “This is the essential element that cannot be measured by any analysis or device and I believe it’s at the heart of success in all things: the power of intuition and the ability to harness and use it like a master.”

Writing intuitively is also something that you can practice. It’s about letting something deep within your subconscious guide your decision making process, it’s about trusting your gut and your reactions and your feelings. 

Writers who ask the right questions can use their instinct to help keep them on the right track. Ask yourself - does this plot make sense? Does this dialogue exchange sound natural? Is this character driving my story forward? Is this scene necessary? Your instinctual answers are the ones your can listen to, and the more you hone into your writing instincts the easter it will be to summon them, and trust them which will help improve your writing.

Be bold and curious. if you have an unusual idea, explore it. If you writing is going in an unexpected direction, follow it with curiosity. Probe, dig deeper, ask questions, go to places that scare you a little, that you are resisting a little. Be brave. You writing shouldn’t feel forced and including shock factor for the sake of it is not the right way to go either. However, if you want to enjoy success, you do need to create something unusual and something that hasn’t already been done a million times before. 

Build your career they way you want to. Writers all have their own journeys to take and paths to follow. If you want to enjoy a long and successful career you need to create your own way, and a way that feels right and comfortable for you. If you try to force yourself in any one direction you’ll find it so much harder and less enjoyable. Work on your strengths and don’t be afraid to be guided by your happiness, what inspires you and what feels right. 

Success is something that can be available to many writers, it’s not a secret, but rather something that can be found by working on ourselves, learning about ourselves and being prepared for the writers that inevitable lie ahead.

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