From Mary Jaksch:

I think there are five lessons here:

Lesson #1: Broadcast your dream

Tell everyone about your decision, even though you might still harbor some doubts about your plans. It can feel a bit scary to broadcast your dream, but it makes it much more likely that you will make your dream come true.

Lesson #2: Meet good fortune half way

There is a difference between luck and good fortune. Luck is random, but good fortune isn’t. If you want to have good fortune, you need to meet it half-way. You need to put all your energy into making your dream come true. When you do that, chances are that good fortune will do the rest.

Lesson #3: Be visible

If you look at how my book contract came about, the key thing was that I had published some articles on the Net. This is how they found me.

These days, it’s much easier to have a presence on the Net, especially if you have a blog. A blog is a great platform to show off your writing. It doesn’t matter whether you write fiction or non-fiction. A  blog will hone your writing and attract readers that will buy your book.

Lesson #4: Improve your writing

The more you write, the better your writing gets. This is one of the upsides of having a blog: it forces you to write regularly.

Lesson #5: Get feedback

The problem with publishing a traditional print book is that it takes a long time before you get feedback. This is another nifty thing about blogging: you get immediate feedback from your readers in the comment section.

I think my best decision as a writer was starting a blog. Blogging has transformed my writing. It’s an exciting way to connect with readers and get the feedback that helps you improve.

How to Become a Writer.


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