So you want to be a writer.
Updated: Jul 17, 2019
Great! The world needs your stories.
If you've landed on my website, there's a high probability that you read romance. On the off-chance you don't, hang around. This applies to any budding author trying to get started.
There are no shortcuts to writing a book. To paraphrase La Nora (Roberts), butt in chair, fingers on keyboard.
Ideas are a dime a dozen. In fact, if you're struggling for story ideas I'm happy to give you five or ten of mine. I have far too many. What matters is execution. That means you need to:
Learn your craft.
Develop discipline. Writing rewards persistence far more than it rewards brilliance.
Accept critical feedback.
Revise, revise, revise.
The one thing I ask you to do - before tackling any of the above - is to find your why.
What is the thing that will keep you putting one foot in front of the next through all the highs and lows of publishing.
Anyone honest will tell you there's a lot of low points on the author journey. Bad reviews. If you're in this business because you think you can make a fast buck writing smut, you're in for a world of disappointment.
But if your motivation is that you love putting words together to craft a story, you are much more likely to go the distance - and find success in writing, however you define it.