I’m asked a lot (A LOT) what it takes to become an author. I can’t help but pause each time I hear those words. “Is it a trick question?” It might be, but the answer is simple—WRITE!
It really is that simple. If you want to be a writer/author then all you need to do is practice a smidge of self-discipline, sit down, and write. That’s it.
Of course, that’s the answer in its simplest form and none of us are prone to leading simple lives. Family, friends, work, school, fun—a million-and-one things pop up every day to distract us from our goals. Don’t let them.
I don’t mean to let your personal life go by the wayside, but I do mean for you to carve out a dedicated time for your goals. In this case: being a writer. If you have the author dream, stop calling it a dream and make it a plan.
Take me for example. I’m a single mom of three small children, running a business (which I consider myself blessed to be doing with my closest friends and respected peers) and going to school full-time. Busy doesn’t quite cover it. But I still find time to write. In fact, I have a novel set to be released this summer. I can’t explain the joy it gives me when I see my work go to print. I know I have taken a childhood dream, turned it into a plan, and can say—I’m an author.
It’s not easy. It takes diligence, perseverance, and a willingness to say no. Yep, “no.”
You have to learn to say “no” to things that do not push you forward in your author journey. There’s still time to have fun, don’t worry.
15 Minutes a day is all you need to take your story from idea to finished draft in about 90 days. 15 minutes! What can you do to give yourself that all-important 15 minutes a day to write?
15 minutes a day X the average of 60 words per minute=900 words a day. 90 days X 900 words a day=81,000 words. That’s it. In 90 days you could be typing “The End.”
Can you explain to yourself why you haven’t allowed 15 minutes a day into your schedule to pursue your goals? I couldn’t, so I carved out the time and have a finished product to show for it.
What’s your commitment to yourself? Leave your comment in a reply to this post and winners will be randomly selected to receive the Write Askew outline worksheet.