How to Become a Successful Author

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Good ol’ anonymous. Or Confucius, as most of the internet claims (but that is just ridiculous, so I refuse to put his name on it). It sounds really great right? Choose a job you love… and you will never have to work! Eureka! Why didn’t I think of that?

Oh wait. I have. And let me tell you, anonymous is wack. That doesn’t even make sense.

I have been a graphic designer for many years now – like a decade (no old jokes please) – and I love it! Most days. No one feels like they love the same thing EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Am I right?

Yes or no? Because I’m really wondering if there is something wrong with me.

This past Saturday I went to a local writer’s meet-up here in Austin. The premise of the meeting was to talk about “worldbuilding” a full-time writing career. If you read my last post, you know what worldbuilding is.

image_paintAnyway, I was excited to learn all of the tricks this organizer had up her sleeve – she promised that all I needed was the right mindset and a plan. Yes, teach me wise one.

Well, I’m here to tell you there are no tricks.

Nope. No tricks. No shortcuts.

I’m not saying I didn’t learn anything. No, it’s quite the contrary. I learned probably the most important thing.

I learned that success requires hard work and a goal.

There you have it folks! The key to any successful endeavor is hard work!

What’s that? You already knew that? Well… you should have told me then.

Because there I was with a nice cold iced latte, ready to glean infinite wisdom about specific actions that I could take to start my “writing career…” And then said organizer started the meeting with us clearing our minds and envisioning what our lives would be like if we were the successful authors that we want to be. She asked us to write down answers to questions like “What is your goal?” and “What does your perfect writing environment look like?”

Hmmm. Okay, the good stuff comes later then… Right? Well… Sure, if the good stuff is just encouraging us to go out and get it.

Again, I am not complaining! I am having a revelation here! You mean, if I want to be an author then all I have to do is make a plan and then work toward that goal?


When it comes down to it, no matter what you choose to do, you have to roll up your sleeves and work. And you have to know what you’re working toward.


Ouch. Just… ouch.

So take that anonymous! Your romanticized ideal of the perfect career has no hold on me!

I will work hard at what I love! Because that is reality. Because that is what it takes.

(And if you happen to know of a job that requires no work, don’t keep that to yourself! Help a sister out.)


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