One of the most common questions I get asked, both at events, and during author interviews, is if I have any writing advice. I always quote Agatha Christie first:
“There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well.”
Christie’s advice worked for me because it made me realize that if I wanted to be a published author—and I did—I needed to start treating it like a job and not like a hobby.
But what if you’re not quite ready to become a “professional writer?” What if you just want to hone your craft? Here’s the best advice I can give you: