4 Competitive Steps to Create a Powerful Writing Life
Often, we think of the writer’s journey as the process from draft to novel. But today, I want to encourage you to take a different writer’s journey. I want to help you on your journey of discovering what works and doesn’t work for you as a writer. Whether you are published or not, I think these steps will be useful to help you become the best writer you can be.
Define Your Vision of Success
The first step to a powerful writing life is to know what you want. It’s so easy to think we have to be the J.K. Rowling or some crazy prolific writer, pumping out 3 novels every year, if we want to be successful. But that’s simply not true. There’s only ONE factor in deciding what it takes to be a successful writer. And that’s YOU. Yes, my friend. You get to decide what success looks like for you. Nobody else can define you as a success or a failure.
Set Goals and Make a Plan
The second step to a powerful writing life is to set goals and make plans. How are you going to reach success without some goals and a solid plan? When you know what you want to achieve to feel successful, then you can set some goals and make plans. Start small if you have to. Some of you may be making a plan to reach your desired level of success in a year. Others may want to create a 5-year or 10-year plan (I’m somewhere in that range myself).
Experiment with Your Writing
The third step to a powerful writing life is to experiment. I’m huge on experimenting. I think it’s the best way to figure out what works for you. To be sure, there are times when you hear something or see something and you just know it’s not for you. Or you know you’ve just got to try it. But if there’s any uncertainty, giving it a shot is usually your best action. The worst thing that can happen is you’ll realize it doesn’t work for you. But the nagging “what if” will be gone. You’ll never know until you try.
Know How to Push Through the Hard Days
The last step to a powerful writing life is to know what motivates you. Let’s face it, we all know the hard days will come. Life will get hectic and stressful. We’ll feel our creativity or motivation start to wane. We’ll write something and tell ourselves it’s just garbage (whether it is or isn’t) and our confidence will stat to slip. I’m going to start by saying this happens to every writer. You are NOT alone. Now I’m going to tell you that you can beat it. All you need is to have a few tricks up your sleeve for when the hard days strike.