Don’t try to write a bestseller or be a modern-day Shakespeare. Simply write your best. Take chances. Push. Make bold moves.
If you’re committed to being the best you can be, you’ll achieve your best. If you’re halfhearted, you’ll only be that. I’m not saying that if you commit yourself 100 percent, you’ll sell a million copies, but I can promise you’ll be the best writer you can be.
How bad do you want to be the best you can be? If you’re put off by distractions, you’ll find more than you need. You have responsibilities, bills, people pulling on you; you have enemies, friends, and bosses. Ultimately, you have priorities. Decide what’s important to you. You will always make time to do what you really want to do.
If your goal is to be the best you can be, you can arrive there every day. Let’s say you’ve never written or published anything. The best you can do without any experience, without having an in with the editor, without running on the inside track, is to just turn on your computer and start keyboarding—cranking out the pages you need to meet your daily production goals. Decide what you want to write and do it.
The next day you might come up with a great idea, but find your writing is loose. That’s okay, if it’s the best you can do. If you’ve never written anything before, start writing a sentence. Then write a paragraph. Each paragraph needs to hold together, to make sense. Master the paragraph and then write a whole page.
When I agree to do a piece of writing, even a column for a free newsletter, I give it my all, the same as I do for a book with a seven-figure advance. Regardless the payment, my name will appear on the piece, and I don’t want the reader to see a difference in quality between a piece I was paid highly for and a piece I did for less.
Jerry B. Jenkins is the author of more than 180 books, with sales of more than 70 million copies, including the best-selling Left Behind series. Visit him online.
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