“Anyone who tells you how to write bestsellers is a sham and a liar. I can tell you how I write books. I write them with fear, excitement, discipline, and a lot of hard work.” – Danielle Steel
It sounds exciting to think you can sit down like Jessica Fletcher from “Murder She Wrote” and write a bestseller in 60 minutes. The truth is writing your best work requires you to do the hard work.
One thing that stood out in the quote about was “a lot of hard work.” Being a writer is hard work. Yes, I see how glamorous it looks to see an author holding her book and the caption telling you she is on the bestseller list. Just an FYI for you, there are programs available that allow you to make an ad that says you are a bestseller, so if that’s all you want you can have that right now. But I know that’s not all you want.
The way to become the best writer possible is to do the hard work, there is no way around it. Where do you start? You start by setting steps in motion to accomplish what you desire. Let me give you an idea.
Set weekly schedules. Just like we make goals for everything else, we need to set goals around what we want to accomplish with our writing. Every Sunday, I create my schedule for the week. I put on my schedule what I will do for work, for the church, and for my writing. I write at least 3 days a week. Recently, I went over my writing, I did not realize I had written as much as I had. I have years of work that I have written. While that’s good, it only benefits me until I do something with it.
Next week, I’ll share the next step.
Prayer: Lord help us not to get weary in doing well. Teach us how to schedule our time so that we can accomplish the task before us. help us to find encouragement. Give us ideas and thoughts to write as we sit down to work. Holy Spirit help us to put on the pages the words that would be edifying and useful. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
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Hi! I'm Dr. Jewel D. Williams. I am a wife, mother of 3 beautiful girls, lead pastor of Vision & Education at Abundant Life Worship Center. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses at a Christian college. Additionally, I am an author and CEO of Tri-Production Publishing, Inc. What is important about it all is I love to serve. I was "Saved to Serve."