The Secret to Being a Successful Writer
It's really not much of a secret to become the best writer you can be. In fact, all you need to know can be summed up in one word — write. It's as simple as that. Of course, what you have learned in this book and what you still can learn from courses, workshops, and other writers will help you hone your writing skills, but the bottom line is that the more you write, the better a writer you'll become.
You already know that you must persevere if you want to get published but you also must persevere while you work at your writing. It doesn't always come easy and as satisfying as it may be, there will be times you'll want to bolt from your desk and get as far away as you can from writing. At such times, feel free to do so and take a break. But as long as you find yourself returning to write some more, you're on your way to becoming a successful writer.
In addition to writing, another key ingredient to becoming a better writer is to read. While you should read as much as you can in the genre you're writing, you should also read other genres. There is much crossover in terms of writing techniques and you will benefit not only from reading other nonfiction categories but fiction as well.
Lastly, just what is it that makes for a “successful” writer? If it's a question of getting published, making substantial sums of money, becoming famous and landing spots on television shows, then the standard for success is easy to discern and whether you reach it or not will be obvious. But on the other hand, if being a successful writer means finding your work fulfilling, setting personal goals and attaining them, having others appreciate your work even if it is only a handful of readers, taking pride in the finished product, and walking away from your writer's desk feeling good, then you'll know when you have become a successful writer.