Writing is not for wimps.
From the first moment we move from stories in our heads to words on a page, especially if those words are meant to be published and read by others—we’re in out-of-our-comfort-zone territory.
Writing is about taking risks. Know that to risk means there will be times when you don’t reach your goals. That’s part of the learning process. Celebrate these learning opportunities because they help you expand your comfort levels.
If we avoid risk we stagnate as writers.
The minute we start beating ourselves up because we're only human :-) and hesitate when facing something that's going to push our comfort zones, it’s counter-productive.
When you start out writing for publication, take whatever time you need to make your novel as strong as possible. One of the great things about pre-publication—we have additional time to not only write a book, but also learn how to write better and stronger with each project.
Once you are published that time frame is decreased dramatically for most writers between the business of writing, marketing, connecting with readers and crafting the next book, novella, etc.
To write is to become an entrepreneur in a wild and crazy business.
Don't kill yourself trying to reach someone else's production schedule. You drive your own career - make it work for you!
And the most important thing to remember? Have fun along the way!
USA Today bestselling author Mary Buckham writes the Amazon best selling WRITING ACTIVE series for writers – WRITING ACTIVE SETTING and WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS. She doesn’t just teach writers though, she practices what she preaches, writing Urban Fantasy w/attitude. Love romance, danger & kick-ass heroines? Find it in her Alex Noziak or Kelly McAllister series!
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