As writers, we need to Apply ourselves to be able to run the distance required for successful publication—whether it’s traditional publication or self-publication. It doesn’t just happen. While there may be a small element of luck, 99.9% will be made up of hard work and dedication to the craft of writing.
Applying yourself means:
- Writing when you don’t feel inspired;
- Giving yourself achievable goals;
- If you like structure, then setting up workable schedules to write. If you don’t, then aiming to write every day;
- Training your family so they know not to disturb you during your precious writing time;
- Sticking to those goals, schedules and self-made deadlines;
- Not putting your writing last on your already long list of commitments;
- Championing your stories;
- Learning the craft, and continuing to learn the craft;
- Pushing yourself to do better;
- Attending conferences, meeting other writers;
- Sharing your work with critique partners;
- Sending your work to editors/agents/publishers;
- Looking after yourself, which includes eating properly and exercising regularly;
- Continuing to write despite the doubts, rejections and other setbacks;
- Never giving up.
What do you do to apply yourself as a writer?
The IWSG Facebook Group during the A-Z: If you are taking part in the A-Z Challenge and are a member of the IWSG Facebook group, then we'd love you to share your A-Z post there. Just link it in the daily thread we will make available for each letter during the month. We just ask you don’t link any A-Z posts outside the threads provided. We're looking forward to seeing you there.
Lynda R Young