I’ve created the ABC’s of breaking into the literary field. I figured this would be a great way to kick off a new week. I have split the ABC’s into two days. So you can view half of the alphabet today and then the other half on Wednesday.
You can never receive too much advice. Get it as much as you can from any source you can get it from. You do not have to follow in the footsteps of someone else nor do you have to do exactly what someone else has done. Keep in mind they have been there, done that. Take what you can and put your own twist on it.
Continue to brainstorm and come up with new ideas. Take the time to do this as often as possible. Whatever your comfortable writing zone is, when that time comes, embrace it and collect your thoughts. Use your notebook to write down your ideas so that you don’t forget them. Brainstorming is a great way to produce a new writing project
One thing readers do not like is a writer who is all over the place. Be consistent in what you do. Whether it’s releasing books, producing a newsletter or updating your status on Facebook, continue to do what you do and keep it going.
Being an author is hard work. It’s one of the hardest self-employed jobs today. By our own drive and motivation, we control how much money we make. You must have drive and a go getter attitude to make it as an author. Be ready to get in the driver’s seat and put the gear into drive when wearing the author hat.
Expect nothing less
There’s nothing wrong with having high expectations as an author. As long as the expectations are realistic you are on the right path. Expect nothing less than what you expect for yourself and your career as an author. Others need to know that you mean business!
Humor me. You gotta forgive those that don’t believe in you now because later, they’ll regret it! Onward!
Don’t be confined to one genre. As an author it’s okay to dabble into other genres. Although you may not be an experienced author right now, after you’ve been comfortable in your genre of choice, try dabbling into other genres. Also remember, that your audience may not take the change so it is risky.
As with advice, get it as much as you can from wherever you can. Having someone on your side through this journey is always helpful, preferably someone who has published a book or two before you.
This simply means to initiate any type of connection with others. Introduce yourself to people and get to know them. Start networking. Email people and tell them about you. Join groups and be the first to say “Hey, get to know me”
Jot down everything
Write down everything that comes to mind. Keep notes. These will come in handy during those late nights when you have the writing juices flowing.
You will come to a point where the writing will get dull. You’ll seem to not have any more juice in you and you have no motivation. Keep Writing. Keep pushing. It will get better. Learn to self-motivate!
Learn to hear the word NO
In this business, you will have to fall many times before you have that one success. Accept hearing the word no but don’t settle for it.
Good stuff right? Wednesday I will be back with the remaining letters of the ABC’s of Becoming a Writer. Share this article! Every writer needs this little boost of motivation!
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