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So…y’all mad about that headline, huh?
It’s okay. I knew you’d be.
And once again I know what you’re thinking because I’m fairly certain I’m distantly related to Ms. Cleo (oh hush)
You, probably: “Six pages a day? Oh, sure easy for you and Stephen King to say. He’s a multi-millionaire and you’re a deadbeat millennial who cashed out your retirement and probably spends all day sipping chai lattes and eating organic avocados. You don’t know my life. I have twelve jobs and thirteen children. I can pound out a paragraph a month. Maybe.
Hear me out fam.
Y’all are absolutely right. About everything. No, seriously.
Maybe you can’t write six pages a day, but I know for a fact that you can write more than you’re currently writing.
Becoming a prolific writer (like King) doesn’t happen by chance and if you remain stuck in the “I can’t/don’t have time” mindset, well then guess what?
Of course, no one is saying that writing 6 pages a day is easy. On the contrary.
It requires uninterrupted focus. It requires tremendous amounts of self-discipline. It’s ridiculously time-consuming.
And it usually sucks. A lot.
But like most things, the more you do it, the less it sucks.
And yes, it’s still going to suck. That’s just the nature of the beast.
Sidenote: I’m a runner. During every single run, the following goes through my mind…“I’m dying. This is stupid and hard. I want to stop now.”
Do I stop?
Because at some point I know that my lungs will stop burning and my strides will begin to feel easier and my legs a touch lighter.
That’s how writing is.
So peep a few reasons why you should become as prolific as Stephen King.
Reason #1 You Probably Suck
I mean that in the nicest way possible and I say this as a fellow sucking writer (I wrote what I wrote. Get your mind out the gutter)
As a newb (or a not so newb), there’s a good chance that frankly, you’re not very good.
And that’s okay.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
– Wayne Gretzky
It’s simple really. The more you shoot the ball, the more shots you make.
The more you write, the more likely that not all of it is utter crap.
Reason #2 Beyonce Used To Be In Destiny’s Child
Okay, stay with me here.
Love Success takes time.
There is no such thing as an overnight sensation. I repeat, there is no such thing as an overnight sensation.
People plant seeds for YEARS before anything pops out of the ground. Of course, no one notices you while you’re watering a mound of dirt.
But the moment you show up to the picnic with a basket full of red, delicious apples, everyone’s calling you an overnight sensation…probably. Idk, that wasn’t my strongest analogy.
Okay, let’s try again…
Do you know who this dude is?
He’s a self-published indie writer who, at one point, was outselling our lord and savior, JK Rowling.
Was Adam’s first book a runaway, overnight success?
How about his second?
What about – okay, let’s not do this. It was his NINTH book y’all!
This -ish takes time, and writing a couple of books just won’t cut it.
So no complaining when you’re not a multi-millionaire with film options after your second book release (which I most definitely did not do).
Go write the third book. And keep going until you outsell Adam Croft.
You, probably: “Well what about George RR Martin? He got rich because HBO turned his book into a television show. That could happen…right?”
Oh, my sweet, sweet summer child.
I’m just going to drop George RR Martin’s bibliography right about…here. There you go.
Alright, y’all because I’m a super cool chick and love you guys, here’s a little infographic with some tips/tricks/tools to help you become a more prolific writer.