The number one thing you need to succeed at any endeavour is passion. Lucky for me I’ve found my passion – better late than never – and it’s talking to writers about what they love most about their craft and their advice to the rest of us on our various stages of the writing journey. Here’s what I’ve learnt so far:
- Learned and learnt can be used interchangeably – at least, that’s what Google says. But let me get back to you on that, because I think Google’s wrong.
- The writing gods can strike anytime – but if you’re serious about turning your writing into a business, it takes commitment, routine and blood.
- Eat chocolate, and buy a kitten.
- Write for love, not money – but money helps, as do social media likes.
- Writers are generous, kind and ever patient – even when interviewers ask them dumb questions.
- Technology matters – have kids to help with this and, when they complain, feed them chocolate.
- It’s never too late to begin the writing journey – but if you’re fifty-five, don’t expect an oeuvre of a hundred novels overnight.
- Listen to your English teacher – regardless of authorpreneurs who get rich despite their English teachers telling them they can’t write.
- People matter. Surround yourself with a network of supporters, mentors and peers – including your English teacher.
- Working from anywhere is now a reality but, if you’re in Australia, forget a fast, reliable internet connection. While you’re waiting for your latest YouTube live stream to load, eat chocolate.
And remember, your old English teacher is now watching on with love in her heart and a kitten on her lap as she eats chocolate and assures other would-be entrepreneurs that grammar really does matter.