Writing Rules- 9 Golden Rules For Becoming A Successful Writer

Writing Rules
Writing Rules

Writing Rules- 9 Golden Rules For Becoming A Successful Writer

What separates the good writers from the bad, the ones that make it and the ones that give up. Below you’ll find my nine golden rules. Are they the only ones? Definitely not. But if you follow the advice below, I honestly believe that you’ll make it and be a success. Take them for a spin and let me know how you get on.

Let’s kick it off with rule one…

Rule 1 – Writing Success Leaves Clues – No matter the subject, whether it’s weight-loss or writing, you’re going to find that success leaves clues. There are things that the successful writers do that the unsuccessful writers don’t do, and because of that they’re successful. If you look for the clues and copy them you’re guaranteed to have greater success.

Rule 2 – You Get Out What You Put In – Like anything else in life, you get what you put in. If you’re telling the world that you’re a writer and yet only writing a hundred words every fortnight, how can you expect to be successful?

If you’re not committed to becoming a better writer, and you’re not committed to studying your craft, you’re only kidding yourself. Be honest with yourself. Can you really expect to be successful with the effort you’re putting into your writing?

Rule 3 – Become A Different Person – Following on from point two, the results you’re getting is because of the person you are right now. If you’re not happy with the results you’re getting, then you’re going to have to become a different person.

Picture what a successful writer would be doing right now if they were you and then change who you are to become more like that person. You don’t have to change overnight, even a little change of direction today will make a difference to the results you achieve.

Rule 4 – Write Something You Love – You’ll never be successful in your writing career if you’re not writing books you enjoy writing. If you’re sitting down every day and dreading the genre you’re writing in, it’s time for a change. I don’t care how much money you can make writing in that particular genre. If you’re not enjoying your writing, not only is your book going to suffer for it, but your readers will sense it too.

So, if you’re not as successful in your writing as you’d like to be, close the current project you’re working on and write a book for yourself. The love and enthusiasm you put into your work will be clearly seen by the reader on the other side.

Rule 5 – Writing Success Takes Time – If you’re not patient, you’ll never be successful in writing. If you think you’re going to be a successful writer in a matter of weeks, you’re sadly mistaken. Like any skill worth learning it’s going to take time to improve your craft. If you feel you haven’t got the patience for that, maybe it’s time you moved on to something else.

Rule 6 – You’re In Charge Of Your Life – If you think you can write one book, get plucked from obscurity, and become a household name overnight you’re sadly mistaken. Like someone pinning all their hopes on winning the lottery, this one book mentality isn’t going to work for you.

Yes, there are people out there that are successful after one book, just like there are people who win the lottery after buying one ticket. But there are also millions of others who never win it. One book is a lot better than no books. Ten books are a lot better than one.

Rule 7 – Become A Goal Setter – You’d never see an archer wasting his arrows, shooting them into empty space. Why? Because he’d never know if he was improving. What about you? Have you got any writing goals set-up? How many words do you plan on writing today? When do you want your new book finished by?

Not having goals means it’s easy to get distracted, to put things on the back burner, and not know if you’re improving. Even if it’s a small goal, like seeing if you’re going to sell ten more books this week, it’s better than having nothing at all. If you’re not setting writing goals and trying to reach them, how do you know if you’re getting any better?

Rule 8 – Do Something Every Day Toward Your Goal – Following on from point seven, if you’re committed to reaching your goal, you should be working on it every day. Nothing else should matter if writing is important to you. Even if you don’t have the time to write part of your book today, I’m sure you can set aside 5 or 10 minutes to write a book blurb or book description. If you can’t even do that, I’d question your commitment to becoming a better writer.

Rule 9 – A Failure’s Not A Failure – Most of us look at failure as being a bad thing, and because of that we hate failing. This usually stems back to our time at school. By being wrong, we brought attention to yourselves and embarrassed ourselves in front of others. But yet a failure is not a failure.

Just because your book failed doesn’t mean you’re a failure as a writer. Yes, you may be a weak writer right now, but that’s no indication of the writer you’re going to be in six months’ time. And maybe your book failed because it didn’t meet the standards of the genre it was written for.

Like a scientist with a failed experiment, stand back and study the result. Because that’s all that failure is, it’s a result of the actions you took. Take better actions next time, and the outcome will be different. A failure right now gives no indication of the future writer you’re going to be or books you’re going to write. But if you give up now, you’ll never know. Remember just because you fail doesn’t mean you’re a failure.