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.