1. As a writer, I have to look at the big picture.
I need long range goals that overarch the multiple short term ones I also have to focus on – it’s a marathon not a sprint. I’m learning that patience is not my strong suit. I want to do it all and I want to do it right now.
2. As a writer, I assumed that I just needed to write something of quality.
As an avid long time reader my thought was that if I wrote something intriguing, interesting or truthful and insightful, someone would one day love it and ask to publish it for me. Um…wrong… lol! I literally had no idea how publishing worked and just assumed that a good quality product was all it would take. I was incredibly naïve.
3. Serious authors are spending time not just writing books but training themselves in a variety of activities!
Marketing, growing social media platforms, engaging themselves in speaking opportunities and a myriad of other activities to get their books in people’s hands. It’s not just a write it and they will come world we live in.
4. Writers who have a career in writing spend years to be successful.
This has been a tough lesson. I was hoping to be the exception, because I am exceptional and all. –little joke! The reality is that there is a lot of different things that go into what makes a successful writer and if I want to be at it long term I need to build a broad foundation.
5. I’ve learned during this year of writing that I really enjoy writing a wide variety of things. Let me write all the genres - Non Fiction, Devotionals, Short stories, Blogging and even copywriting. But the thing that I absolutely love and could lost in doing is by far Fiction. I love turning a story around in my mind and getting the parts in place to keep it interesting. SO.MUCH.FUN!
BONUS: One more bonus thing I’ve learned. I thought I knew all the rules for grammar, but it turns out sometimes they change things. Like double spacing after a period is out…but that’s stuck in my mind for days. Thank goodness there’s a Word hack for fixing that!