I have seen the endless prerequisites listed for becoming a successful author. You must get an agent, submit your work, set up your platform, suck it up when they reject your work, start a newsletter, cultivate your voice, love reading, build your street team, read everything in your category, manage your brand, decide on your genre, learn your craft, daydream, and find your compelling reason for writing. What am I forgetting? Oh yeah, you also need to create brilliant work. The list is endless, daunting, and impossible to master in a short timeframe. No wonder people quit.
I made a radical decision. I plan to ignore the mandatory requirements, and helpful advice, opting instead to compose stories. There is a saying which says, “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I trust the devices, tools, instructions, and skills will arrive at the appropriate point in my journey. I intend to keep an open mind, learn what I can today, and continue to write with the tools I have.
What is your favorite writing tool?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer