- By Winston Kuwada
- Published 01/24/2012
Many people walk into a book store and wonder what the newest bestsellers are. Other people, like you, walk into a book store and wonder what it would be like to have their name on the latest best seller. It’s one thing to dream about writing a best selling novel, it’s another thing to actually write one. That’s why you are in a special class of people, above all the rest. Because you are here reading this, you have made a decision to turn your dreams into a reality. This is something that not very many people do. That’s why you’ve got a head start on everybody else when it comes to becoming a success. However, in order to see this through all the way, you’re going to need a massive amount of determination and motivation. And this article will help you get it. First of all, you need to realize that this is a business venture. You are creating a product, and you hope that many people will buy your product. In that sense, it is no different from going to work every day. At pretty much any job (except a job that is paid for largely by the government) you take part in creating a project, in hopes that enough people will buy the product that will pay your salary.
However, with writing an novel, it’s a little bit different. When you go to your day job, you get paid every week, or every other week, regardless. It would take a while for a decrease in sales to translate into a loss of your
job. But with a novel, you’ve got to do all the work up front, and then wait a while, at least a year, to see what kind of a payday you are going to get. Do you have enough faith in yourself? Can you work for a year or more without having any idea how much money you’ll receive for your efforts? If so, then you are ready. The first thing you’ll need is a dedicated workspace in your home. This is essential. It must be separate from everything else. In this area, you must do nothing other that writing, or tasks such as research that directly support your writing. No chatting on the phone. No eating or drinking. No watching TV. Staring out the window for inspiration is acceptable, but don’t stare for too long. Once you’ve got your writing area set up, you need to come up with a schedule. This can be difficult if you’re working and you have a family. If this is the case, then you’ve got to let them know of your plans, and let them know to leave you alone when you are writing. If you are morning person, then wake up an hour earlier every day and write for an hour. If you are an evening person, stay up an hour later and write every day. You can also get some extra time if you stop watching so much TV. Just figure out one or two programs that are the most important, and forget the rest.
When you create a realistic goal, and stick to it, you can’t help but succeed. Keep focusing on the future, and eventually you’ll hit pay dirt. Until then, stay focused, stay dedicated, and never give up.