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Basic principle: The only ‘shortcut’ to writing success is to write more

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Not to be nagging about this, but what I’ve said before I’ll say again — if you want to be a successful writer there is no substitute for writing, writing frequently, writing daily, and writing as much as you can write.

I thought about this as I was reading more than writing during this past week. I suddenly said to myself (yes, I frequently sit here with the cat and talk both to her and to myself), “Do you realize three days have passed and you’ve written NOTHING??”

I’ve made a steady income over the last 30 years by writing. I have had staff writing and editing positions and I have done profitable freelance writing. I’ve never made “big money” from my writing, but I have seen a steady flow over time by, well, WRITING. I was reading someone’s sig file on a forum I go to regularly. his sig file quoted movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn: “The harder I work the luckier I get.” That’s exactly how you’ll “get lucky” with your writing career — by working hard, by writing more.

So don’t look for special shortcuts. Don’t look for the writing equivalent of diet pills — something you can gulp down twice a day with lots of liquid and see your writing career take off.

Just snap yourself back to attention and write. Write daily and write as much as you can. The more you write, the better you’ll get at it.

That’s my best advice for today. Now get busy and write.
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One Response to “Basic principle: The only ‘shortcut’ to writing success is to write more”

  1. Carla says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes it’s hard to defrost the brain freeze.

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