Small Steps


Posted On Sep 28 2013 by

 

Edie Melson over at The Write Conversation asked the question today: What small steps are you taking to achieve your goal?

It has taken me well over a decade to figure out that this writing process cannot be rushed. Like most writers, even the successful multi-published ones, I have a day job. I must carve out an hour or two a day to invest toward my writing goals. There are no leaps and bounds in the writing business. You follow the process of learning, building relationships, and actually writing (badly at first), or you’ll find yourself in the weeds for a very long time.

So, to answer Edie’s question, what small steps are you taking? I’ll even suggest a few:

  • Volunteer to post a monthly column on another writer’s blog.
  • Find a small local magazine (like Women2Women Michigan) and submit articles without pay (of course, link your website on your byline).
  • Read one chapter of a how-to-write book and apply it to your work in process before moving on to the next scene. I strongly suggest Structuring Your Novel.
  • Join a group like My Book Therapy.
  • Start a blog. It’s easy. You can get a site going on Blogger in about ten minutes. This one goes for anyone, not just writers. If you’re certified in sign language, start a blog, be the expert, and market yourself.

If you’re serious about writing, or any goal, take a small step today. Let me know in the comments what you did.

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Last Updated on: September 28th, 2013 at 8:27 am, by Ron


Written by Ron

Just about everything I believe has been shaped by the written word. But books don't force a belief; they stir the imagination so that you, the reader, eventually draw your own conclusions. We grow richer in spirit when we read, deeper in our understanding of the universe and our role in it. That's why I read. That's why I write. To offer you a bit of myself. Come along on my journey, won't you? There's plenty of room.


One response to “Small Steps

  1. For me its a matter of persevering. The worst (and I’ve posted this on a Tamela Hancock Murray blog) is contrasting my 1st to 2nd drafts (in edits) without loosing heart when reading the finished work of Karen Kingsbury, Colleen Coble, Margaret Daley, and so many others (Arlene James, Lena Nelson-Dooley, Mia Ross, Chery Wyatt, Gerogina Daniels, Debra Clopton, Stephanie Grace Whitson, Allie Pleiter, Rhonda Gibson) and the list could go for pages.

    I’m disheartened when my love of writing is not yet PRIME TIME READY as in mastering all the rules. My Crit/Editor has helped me through the mazes and notes I write very much from a classical literature style. God bless her for saying so because I’ve wanted to quit several times when my WIP is nothing like those I admire. Thing was, 20 years ago, coming from a media background I was dialogue heavy and description poor. Publishing was different and I was dismissed by one editor for not ‘good enough,’ and worked 20 years to become that and the industry shift where I was 20 years ago and having to shift back.

    Margaret Daley complimented my style at the 2012 Conference for that ‘dialogue rich’ ability to write in a cinema style where adding in 2nd and 3rd drafts was better than taking away. I just cannot seem (yet) to write with all the rules in place in the 1st draft.

    The second challenge is a Conundrum I’ve talked about before in several blogs and posts. The conundrum where I as a prepublished writer have to be so perfect in my MS of what is no the template for the published author who can sell a synopsis and then edit with publishers editors to craft a great book. The prepubed writer must wear all those hats him/herself to prove they can do it – in order to get into the world of publishing where its more of a streamlined (partnered) process. The time we spend alone is the worst enemy talking ourselves out of what is potentially good as not GREAT and despairing depression not realizing that even the greats edit 4-8 times before its printed. And suffer the same angst as well.

    Its a process. A marathon. Not a sprint. And staying in the race, getting back up after falling down or standing still is the challenge. Thanks to great blogs like yours Ron there is encouragement among Writers Anonymous.