“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some days, creating art is difficult, but the beauty of the written word is something we all cherish. I know that like most writers, I like having written more than I like writing. So for me, it’s work. How about you?
Every day I do at least three things to ensure I’m on the right path to being a successful author.
- I continue to work at the craft of writing
- I dedicate a portion of my day to practice
- I consistently seek out new opportunities
These things are not special, nor are they difficult. They simply require consistency. You must do them (or some variation of them) in order to achieve success.
In other words, practice, practice, practice.
Does practice make you perfect? Sometimes, sometimes not. What it will give you is a feel for what is right, or natural. And therein lies the opportunity for success.
Critique with others, you can learn from their mistakes. We often see things in the writings of others we don;’t catch in our own writing.
Read, take classes, or review craft books and articles, you will learn something new every day. Even when you re-read books you have read in the past. You can never learn too much about craft.
Rad and write, every day.m Make a commitment and follow through. not a joiner? Commitment too scary? Can’t believe that stating a goal will help you to be more consistent? Try a small commitment, baby steps. 100 Words. Every day. Doable, decisive and not overwhelming.