Writing For Success

Those who find publication are those who write and submit with confident, determined regularity. Learn how you, too, can be published and achieve your writing dreams.

Many writers are born procrastinators. Writing and mastering the art of procrastination often seem to go hand in hand. Truth is, those "hands" should not be running through our hair, lamenting our writer's block while waiting for some inner muse to "tell" us when the time is right to write. These hands should be clutching a pencil scratching away at a large yellow pad or poised above a keyboard plunking out the next chapter to our book.

If you want to reach some level of writing and publishing success, you must write. Following that, you must rewrite and rewrite again.

The concluding step is not to stick it in some drawer and/or allow it to ferment upon our computer hard drive, but instead to submit it for publication.

There really is no other way. How do you escape the miring muck of self-doubt and lack of discipline and start traipsing down the path of writing success?

The following will give you a boost out of the stagnant muck and get your work into readers hands.

First: You will write for a minimum of 15 minutes per day. Yes, per day. Allow yourself no more excuses. None. Nada.

You are hereafter not allowed to listen to that repetitive, negative voice inside you questioning how you will EVER find the time. You wouldn't be reading this if you didn't want to find the time, would you?

Fifteen minutes is findable by everybody. Get up fifteen minutes sooner than normal. Go to bed fifteen minutes later than normal. Write at your kids hockey game. Write while you're eating your lunch.

The point is you, yes YOU, CAN set aside that seemingly oh-so-elusive block of 900 seconds and you WILL use that time to write.

"What will I write?" You might ask. "What if I'm not inspired?" Tough. Write anyway. Go ahead and write the reasons why you don't want to write. Keep doing that long enough and believe me, you'll come up with something worthwhile to write mighty quick.

Odds are, you will also discover that you are writing longer than fifteen minutes with no idea where the time went. That's called finding your flow. When you're in the flow you'll notice that when you re-read your work you not only don't cringe, you actually grin.

Once you've reached this point, sit down and list (in writing of course!) your writing goal(s). Your long-term goal might be to have a novel published within 3 to 5 years.

Your short-term goal might be to pen the outline and synopsis of your book and complete the first several chapters within boundaries of the coming year.

Or perhaps your long-term goal might be to have a chapbook of your poetry published and your short-term goal is to write a certain number of poems and have submitted at least a couple of them for publication in the not-so-distant future, as well.

Every goal varies for every writer. It certainly wouldn't hurt to pen Op-ed's and submit those in the process, and to flex your writing muscles at every given and publishable opportunity. Poetry contests; Website's looking for writers; look around, you will likely notice many of them.

And no matter what, don't tell yourself you can't write, and that you will never be published because you're just not good enough.

The fact that you are reading this shows a keen interest and a certain sense of committment to yourself and your talent and that is vital.

What you must do is to allow yourself to reach for your writing goals. Dreaming of achieving writing success is fine; but only as long as you wake up quickly and follow it up with action.

Follow these steps and you will likely encounter success in one form or another. And yes, you will also likely encounter rejection. It's part of the package, people.

You can allow these little blurbs to defeat you or you can look at them realistically, and see if you can glean anything helpful from them. In either event, you must continue writing and submitting.

It is completely true that the same written work which winds up buried in the grave of one editor's "circular file" could then receive an enthusiastic thumb's up and fat check (or at the very least, contributor's copy!) from another editor. It's happened more than once to a writer whom I know very well... ;)

Take your inspiration from your work and your own drive, as well as those editor's who note positive comments about your submission. Also, draw staunch determination from the same aforementioned sources--adding a haughty dose of "I'll show you!" from those editor's who perhaps were not so kind, for good measure.

Above all, trust in yourself and your abilities to write and just as importantly, your courage to face the writing unknown. That is the only way to become acquainted with writing colony which you want to be a part of.

The induction into the world of published writer-- often via a letter of acceptance from an editor (for YOUR work) is truly unforgettable.

It is worth it. So are you. So get to it and write. Write on!

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