To be a successful writer you need three things. Whenever I’m teaching I always mention them because they are so important and you have to keep them in the back of your mind. I won’t take credit for the three but I can’t remember where I first heard about them so apologies to whoever first figured them out. But please, take a bow.
The first one of the trinity is craft and is a no-brainer really. If you can’t write then it isn’t going to happen. And writing is a craft. It is not something you are born with – a mysterious gift or talent. Writing a novel is a skill that must be learned – from putting together a sentence to plotting the book so the reader keeps on turning your pages. Don’t expect to write a great novel first time out, don’t even expect to write a moderately good one. But each one you write should get better. You are learning a craft and don’t ever forget it.
Will blog about two and three of the trinity in the next few days. Got to get back to writing.