Great writers connect with other writers. Because before they were great, they were mediocre. They had to meet someone who inspired them, someone they aspired to be.
Many creative underestimate the power of networking. They think of it in the slick businessman sense, but it’s much deeper than that. True networking is simply connecting with people.
In your journey to become a great writer, there are three relationships you’ll need…
A lot of people launch a blog and think they’ve built one. They start a club and think they’ve created an organization. They’re wrong.
There’s a fundamental difference between starting something and actually building it.
“Building” something creatively happens the same it does in the “real” world — with a lot of sweat and grunting. It’s not easy; if it is, you’re doing it wrong.
So what does this look like when it comes to writing? It means showing up and doing the work, day in, and day out. If you’re not doing this already, you need to be.
Every product you create, every book you write, every project you undertake, there is one crucial action you must remember: Make it ugly first.
Before it can be beautiful — before it can look like it doe in your head — it will first have to be thrown-together and messy. But it will be.
Don’t take this the wrong way, but stop trying to be so original. Your genius is hiding in someone else’s ideas, someone else’s project.
You’re so consumed with being creative that you’re neglecting the first rule of creativity: Just create something.
You have something you want to share with the world. Maybe it’s a book, a play, a piece of art — whatever. Whether you have ten novels under your belt or you’re scared to start a blog, there’s work you’ve yet to create.
And you’re still preparing for it. Still waiting for your shot, telling yourself that some day you’ll actually do it. But the truth is you won’t. You’re just stalling. Waiting for perfect.
There is a difference between putting things off and preparing. Preparation is good; procrastination is not. Let’s talk about the former.