Aside from implementing good storytelling and following stellar punctuation rules, when a writer begins the process of writing a book and wanting a successful writing career he or she must keep a few points in mind. These points are not taught in school; rather, they are fruitful lessons I have learned along the way.
#1. You must love what you do.
When I began writing my first book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Money on Wall Street, I absolutely loved the topic. In fact, I loved it so much it helped me embrace the fact I lived in a tiny apartment with no air-conditioning and washed my hair in the kitchen sink since I did not have a shower and had only a pint-sized tub. I had a dream and a purpose and my love for that kept me focused.
#2. You must recognize opportunities and gracefully act upon them.
A few months ago at the library, I noticed a book lying on the end table next to me. It happened to be the second book I wrote. Unbelievable! I had no idea who put it there and it did not belong to the library either. However, I had been considering speaking to the local writing community and to me it was the nudge I needed to pick the date to give my author talk at the library. So, I did. So — what are the opportunities in front of you?
#3. You must be creative in how you approach your marketing and choose opportunities that best serve your mission.
Successful writers do not hide out behind social media pages longer than necessary. They value their time, recognize their natural talents, and in spite of possible fears of being visible they slowly step out into new ways of doing things to earn success. Where might you be holding yourself back — in thoughts or actions — to make yourself more visible?
#4. You must remember to help other people out of a genuine sense of giving — not giving to get.
One of the things I love about the majority of writers-turned-published-authors who do well is watching the encouragement and support to those who want to achieve their writing dreams, too. What you give others you strengthen within yourself, right?
#5. You must focus on what is possible so that possibilities and opportunities grow.
What you focus on, grows. Are you focusing on the possible solutions rather than the obstacles in front of you?