You are plugging away at your computer, absolutely convinced you are constructing the next masterpiece to hit the New York Times Best Seller’s list. Alternatively, perhaps you write in another aspect, typing out the tasks and procedures necessary for Billy-Joe Jim-Bob to follow in order to assemble a recliner. His only objective is to follow your procedures so he can assemble that chair by the weekend. Whatever your goal, the point is, writing is a process, and there are no shortcuts.
We wordsmiths may have a jewel or two in the muddy mix from the start, but many more times than not, the writing needs molding, manipulation, and maneuvering to reach the anticipated outcome. I do not care how much experience you have under your belt, you are going to write, read, edit, and do it again, a number of times. Then, when you think you have created something that may sell and put some “cha-ching” in your bank account, you are going to give that work to someone you trust, to read and analyze.
Prepare yourself, my friend, because if that person is someone you trust for their expertise and writing skill, they are going to do some serious bleeding on that submission. Can’t handle criticism? Find another passion or line of work.
In order to write, you need to, “just do it”.
However, not everyone can do it well. It is an art form. Like any art form, in order to be truly respectable, you have to work it, practice it, and hone those skills to that dreaded point of “perfection” or as close to it as humanly possible.
You cannot please everyone. One man’s rejection is another man’s gem, remember that, and have faith in your abilities. As we hear so often from people that really do not recognize or care how writing works, “anyone can write”. We know differently. Do you have talent? Then learn to let the naysayers and ornery, obnoxious, miserable folks and their voices roll off your back.
It is a simple, however, time-consuming process. Writing is not one-step and done, but a progression that takes hard work. Can you follow through on your actions, continue even when the fun wears off, and it is time for due diligence and polishing? Once, twice, or maybe even three times. If so, you will be successful. I am going to give you the key to success right here – the key to “perfection”. Are you ready?
There is no such thing as perfect writing. I know, disappointing is it not? Nevertheless, it is true. Because writing is subjective in so many ways, yet it requires skill. If your writing is good, and you are patient, persistent, and more than anything, you can handle the heat, you will succeed.
Here is another key. You measure your level of success. Believe it or not, not everyone wants to be a best-selling author, and that is perfectly okay. Top of your tech-writing field, short story hobbyist, writing contest enthusiast, or a gut wrenching, bound and determined, come hell or high water, best-selling writer, the measure of success is what you decide and not another’s view of success. Keep that in the back of your mind at all times and you will also be a happier person.
The bottom line is this, whatever your writing market, once you begin to prove your talent, success will follow you. After a bit of time and you establish a writing reputation, you may just hear your name answering the question, “Do you know the perfect writer?”