What? I Can Write! Success Comes in the Doing

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“A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.”—Samuel Johnson

Success Comes in the Doing

True success in any endeavor is neither quick nor accidental. The so-called "overnight" success is largely a myth. Look into the background of any successful person and you will find months—often years—of planning, preparation and, most important of all, hard work. As indispensable as they are, planning and preparation alone are not enough. At some point, you must work your plan; you must act on your preparation. Ultimately, success comes in the doing.

Every notable achievement begins as a dream, but it cannot rest there. In the end, a dream means nothing if it is never acted upon. This is what separates true writers from the wannabes. Wannabe writers dream; true writers do. The only way to become a writer is to write, and the only way to become a good writer is to write regularly, preferably every day. At first, it doesn't matter what you write; what you are after is developing the habits of a writer, and the most important habit is to write something every day, or as frequently as your schedule will allow. If possible, adjust your schedule to afford you some writing time every day; yes, it is that important. As C. S. Lewis said, "What you want is practice, practice, practice. It doesn't matter what we write... so long as we write continually as well as we can."

Writing a little bit every day helps you become thoroughly familiar with the tools of your trade—words—and the many different ways you can use them to communicate what you want to say. Regular writing also enhances your development as a writer in another very important way by helping you discover your own original voice and personal writing style.

So whatever else you do, get to writing—today!

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