I read an article by author Jonathan Gunson last week that was full of great writing advice. If you haven’t read it and you are an aspiring author, I highly recommend doing so now. The link is: http://bestsellerlabs.com/10-questions-that-determine-success/ Don’t worry, I’ll wait right here for you while you read.
In pondering Gunson’s questions, I myself had to give some serious thought as to my maturity as a writer and how my personal practices will likely determine my success. I have listed my direct answers to Gunson’s queries below for you to read:
While do I some editing while I write, my main frustration is keeping a set schedule. Since my main line of work is shooting art photograph for use in decorating people’s homes and offices, my schedule is somewhat flexible but it’s also very chaotic. This year I finally made a resolution to write a minimum of 300 words a weekday and to write those words early in the morning before anything else (like a beautiful sunrise) has the chance to distract me. Consistently sticking to that goal has been difficult, but I now average writing three times a week instead of last year’s once-a-week routine. I’ve also managed to double my overall weekly word count, so I’m a very happy camper.
As to the rest of the questions…
I write from my soul. It’s nerve-wracking to do that because I do care very deeply what others think. However, I care more about how I feel at the end of the day than I do what others say. Am I truly happy with the words that I’ve crafted or am I missing that deep connection to my characters and my story that I so love?
I adore writing fantasy fiction because stories of magic and mystery were what inspired my passion for reading in the first place. It is my greatest hope that I can share that joy with other readers like myself.
I have only one book published now: a short story collection entitled Musings. I don’t expect the book to be a best-seller right off the bat, but I do hope readers enjoy it and that it helps them get to know me as a writer.
I have two high fantasy novels undergoing edits as we speak. I don’t believe in publishing any work—whether it’s independently-published or traditionally-published—without a good editor’s stamp of approval. When prose is properly polished, readers can lose themselves in a good tale without having to worry about petty grammatical distractions disrupting the magic.
Thank you, Jonathan, for the inspiring post!
Until next time, may we each rewrite our world for the better!
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