Being a Successful Writer

When I took James Patterson’s online writing class, I understood when he said he considered writing a full-time job. He writes every day for a set number of hours. That system works for him, and he has been very successful. It doesn’t work for me. I have groceries to buy, meals to cook, with dishes to wash and laundry to do. In between I walk the puppy and talk to my husband. If I count emails and Facebook posts, I do write every day. I just can’t work on my latest project every day. I have an outline mapping out where I want to go, but I need time to let it sit in the back of my mind. Only once I find the wording that will take me to the next step on that outline, can I write. When the decision is made, the words flow, and the chapters evolve. Yesterday was a writing day. Today will probably be a thinking day while I do that grocery shopping. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

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