If I am to become a writer, a real writer, one that gets paid to do it, then there are some simple steps I must take to make it happen.
Real writers write huge amounts. Isaac Asimov wrote over 500 books in his lifetime, Steve Scott writes one new book each month. Clearly the first steps on my writing journey are repetition and volume. These can be measured in number of posts and words written per day. I’m sticking to a strict regime of one post and a chapter of my book.
The second step is to read. Stephen King said:
‘If you don’t have the time to read, then you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.’
Through reading I build a writing tool kit and increase the quality of my work. This can be measured in pages read. At the moment I read a paltry 10 pages per day.
The third step is getting reviewed. This is the toughest step because it requires some exposure of my inner self to the world. I have to ask who my readers are and if my work adds value to their lives. If I’m making my reader laugh, inspiring them or giving them good ideas, then I am succeeding. While value is subjective and difficult to measure Google analytics offers a concrete measure of success. If my readership increases then perhaps my work is useful.
To increase the value I offer readers I must practice writing, which leads us right back to where we started.