Writers just starting out look at those of us who are further along the writing road, and they often say something such as: “I hope I can be an overnight success like you.”
Oh, if only they knew! With few exceptions, it takes years of learning and practicing and writing and rewriting to get to where we can be “overnight successes.”
Not that new writers are convinced. They often move in close and, with a conspiratorial wink, ask, “Come on. You can trust me. What is the real secret to getting published?”
Okay, you got me. Here’s the secret: Learn the craft of writing–from classes, from books, at writers’ conferences. Especially at writers’ conferences. Then get busy and write. Write and write and write some more. Everyone gets better and better. No one gets worse and worse.
Wherever you are in the process–beginner, getting some work completed, or an “overnight success”–my advice to you is: Learn and Write. I will be looking forward to reading your work.
“Give me a couple of years, and I’ll make that actress an overnight success.”