You’ve had the dream, now let’s talk about your writing career in a practical way.
I’m a firm believer that you are more likely to achieve your goals and achieve them faster when you have a plan. Some writers say that it was luck, that they just wrote, and the opportunities came to them. I don’t buy it.
Successful people have some type of goal or plan. It may not be a 60 page, detailed breakdown of every minute and every dollar you plan to spend for the next year, but there should be some kind of goal, plan, direction, or mission guiding you.
Dara Girard would say the same. She’s presented a few ideas for how to develop a strategy. I’ve picked three of my faves.
Find a role model.
Study a living writer whose writing and career you admire. Research their career history and the steps of their journey from the beginning to where they currently are. If you can contact them via email, phone, or social media, that’s even better. You can ask specific questions to help you develop your own game plan.
Gather industry news.
Girard suggests small doses information. This is a good idea because, as discussed earlier, a flood of information may have you spinning your wheels without actually getting you anywhere. I think small doses are good because they give you concrete, actionable steps to take in a particular direction.
Work towards your mission statement. Do something every day to make it real.
This requires that you actually write a mission statement. Now you’ll be able to clearly identify a direction for your writing career. This strategy also requires daily action. Even if you identify where you want to go in your mission statement, you must take actions to get there. I suggest writing a general mission statement (a few sentences or a paragraph), and then listing intermediate steps you would have to take to get there, like a map.
It’s Friday, and I’ll be bringing you insight from another book next week. But you don’t have to stop learning from Dara Girard. You can get a copy of her book and savor many more lessons.