The first advice I give my authors is the most simple, and quite often the most difficult. And that is that you must write. You can’t just talk or read about it. You have to do the work. The more you write, the more you will understand how writing feels, and the freer you will become. When you write often and without limits, you will begin to develop your voice and style. Nothing I say here or in my coaching, teleclasses, and writing programs works unless you write – and write some more.
Believe it or not, I have clients who come to me expecting to write perfectly within days of our starting to work together. I’ve been writing for over 30 years, and just in the past few years have I even considered calling myself a master at the craft. Expect to write – a lot – and to rewrite, then write some more. I call it diving for pearls. Some days you will write ten pages and come up with one pearl worth keeping. On other days, you’ll write two pages, and every word is perfect.
Writing can be a difficult art to master. It takes time, perseverance, patience, and desire. Only write if you truly want to share a piece of you with the world. As a writer, the rewards are great. Writing brings a feeling of power and freedom. And if you do it with consistency, you will get better.
Look closely at the layers of paint that make up some of the great works of master artists. Those layers cover up creative attempts that didn’t work, and this is sometimes after years of study and effort. Nobody becomes a master without traveling the path of learning and trial and error. To become a truly great writer, you will need to write!