We’ve all heard the statistics:
- Writers take ten years to get their first novel published, on average
- The average children’s book writer makes 5k a year, if she’s lucky.
- If you are a writer for a living, you will starve.
Some writers will sell you their books about how you can be a thriving artist versus a starving artist as if there is this dichotomy between the two, an either or situation.
Life isn’t that simple.
Here are the Three First Steps To Being A Writer, MADE AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE
You write the story you want to write.
You hone it and craft it until it’s the best story you can make it.
You send it to agents and editors or self publish it.
That’s how you become published.
You might make a ton of money. You might not. One book might make $500. One book might make $100,000.
It’s not the easiest thing to control, but what you can control is whether or not you’re lonely.
That you can battle.
You can create an in-person writing group or an online group, but if you are lonely in your writing life, YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY make friends, form a pack.
Writing Tip of the Pod
How do you form a writing group?
Here’s four easy steps:
- Decide the goal of your writing group – Support? Accountability? Critique
- Figure out when, where, and how often you want to meet.
- Invite a few people. Three to five is a good starting number.
- Find a way to communicate in between meetings that works for everyone. Facebook? Email? You get to decide.
Dog Tip for life
It’s okay to want a pack to roam with, to howl with. It can even include cats.
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Shaun and Carrie, Sparty, Gabby and Marsie (the honorary cat-dog)