A New Year and the New Writer in You

Updated: Feb 9

Some of us are resolution makers, others, resolution breakers. Whichever you are, if you’re an aspiring writer, I’m willing to bet you have a goal. Am I right?

Now, you’ve no doubt heard the jokes about how many years it takes to become an overnight success. I don’t care if you’re an actor, singer, writer or artist in any another field, the speed and success rate is pretty darn similar.

Writers, in particular, typically work alone. You hole up in your writing cave, forgetting to eat, forgetting to exercise, forgetting your spouse’s name... Everyone wonders what you’re doing, how you’re making a living, and if you’re just wasting your life. You begin to wonder too. Then one day, boom! Your books are selling, fans are commenting on your Facebook page, they’re visiting your website, and praise God, they’re actually leaving reviews!

Hey, I can dream too.

Just remember that for most of us, and I do mean most of us, that success will come only after years of hard work and dedication to the craft. Not weeks and not a few months. Heck, just remember how long it takes you to write a single book.

But don’t let that undeterminable timeline discourage you. I’ve heard a theory repeated numerous times in the writing business; that you’ve got to have at least five books out there before you’ll get noticed. So, try this: Always assume that you’re just five books away from that success and keep on trucking on. (Did I just date myself?)

Whatever you do, don’t give up. If you love writing, if it inspires you, don’t stop. Keep reading, keep learning, keep writing. You’ll get there.