Overnight Success

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.

Write On!

“Give me a couple of years, and I’ll make that actress an overnight success.”

Samuel Goldwyn

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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4 Responses to Overnight Success

  1. Jean Stewart says:

    So true. Ups and downs but always forward. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. kaystrom says:

    Yep, always forward. Even when it doesn’t seem like it.
    🙂 Kay

  3. Jenni Saake says:

    So true! “Overnight” a long-time author can hit the spotlight because they have paid their dues and worked hard for years of previous obscurity.

    • kaystrom says:

      Unfortunately, way too many would-be authors don’t understand this.
      Thank you for echoing this truth.
      And thank you so much for your graciousness and help at Mount Hermon. I so appreciate you!
      ~Kay

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