Amanda Bridgeman is back with some more fantastic advice on the key elements of being a successful writer, and today (as usual) she’s spot-on. It all comes back to the fact that you’ve got to be open and eager to achieve things. Here’s how Amanda puts it:
Be eager to learn and continue to learn.
Be willing to listen to the advice of your editor, your publisher, your marketing people.
Be willing to attend conferences and talks and listen to what the ‘pros’ have to say, and also what the ‘fans’ have to say.
Be willing to take classes to hone your skills.
Be willing to read across genres and read often.
Be willing to spend time keeping your finger on the pulse of popular culture (Film, TV, music, etc).
Be willing to keep your eye on what is happening in the real world.
Assume that you know nothing (Jon Snow) and strive to learn more.
You must always be willing to improve yourself and your writing, and every step of the way you must be professional while you do it.
Part 3 tomorrow – Discipline
Miss yesterday’s post? Find out about what Amanda has to say about having Patience.