There is a moment as a writer when you realize what it takes to get where you want to be.
You’ll be sitting, writing and thinking about other things, or you’ll be editing. And it will hit you.
I realized that to get where I wanted to be as a writer, I’d need time to myself. Not just any type of time, but silent time.
When you have young kids it’s difficult to find that time, but my wife gives me the time I need to get a few thousand words down every day on novels, short stories and poetry.
What it takes is drive. It takes mental strength and the ability to put the bullshit people tell you about who you are in the farthest recesses of your mind and lock it away.
You have to want to succeed. You have to want to see your book in a book store.
You have to want this bad enough to wake up tired and fall asleep exhausted.
When your family sees you come out of your writing cave their remarks should be, “I didn’t know you were home” or “How long have you been in there?” The second question should have you wondering what they’ve been doing.
If you’re willing to work, and work hard for what you want, you can do what you want.
It took me a while to understand how hard I’d truly have to work. You can’t half-ass it, you really have to want it, and want it bad enough to change the way you look at everything in your life.
If you really want to be a writer, you must create a schedule and stick to it.
But most important, you must write. From writing you learn and get better.
An athlete practices, which is exactly what writing is. Every time you write you get better.
I learned a lot on my path to being a writer, but most importantly, I learned you have to work harder than you have for anything.
Write and get better.