I had planned to publish a longer post today, but unforeseen complications (read: typewriter monkeys) prevented me from writing one. Instead, here are ten essential steps to being a writer. (I originally shared them on Twitter some time ago.) I’ll do my best to publish a proper blog post next time. For now, dear reader, consider these steps, and write your way to success!
Step 1: Wear glasses. I’ve mastered this step.
Step 2: Acquire a computer, typewriter, pen, or Etch A Sketch pad.
Step 3: Obtain a comfortable chair. Nothing kills creativity like cramps.
Step 4: Write. This is the hardest step.
Step 5: Submit your writing, face rejections, weep, revise, repeat.
Step 6: Become dependent upon an addictive substance. Mine is coffee. (Disclaimer: Don’t really do this.)
Step 7: Be grateful to your readers. Don’t skip this step.
Step 8: Be jealous of better writers. If none are better than you, congratulations: You are P.G. Wodehouse.
Step 9: If you think your writing is never good enough, you’re probably doing it right.
Step 10: Profit. Unless you’re a religious writer, in which case: Prophet.
What are your best writing tips? Let us know in the comments!