Write.

That’s all.

Becoming a talented and prolific writer, well that will take time and a lot of effort on your part. The first step is writing. That means having an idea for a story, regardless if it’s fully actualized or perfectly plotted and outlined.

Writing is a singular activity. Even if you have a team of awesome people helping you, encouraging you – in the end, you still have to put the words to paper.

So to be a writer, you have to write. And then you have to keep writing until you write the end.

Once you finish your story, it’s not done. You need to go back and edit your own work. I’m talking about looking for plot holes, inconsistencies, where the story lags, flat characters and so on. Here’s a quote from Stephen King:

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
—Stephen King, WD

After you have got your story to the best it can be, send it to someone to review it like a beta reader or critique partner. They will have suggestions. Be humble – have thick skin and know they are trying to help you polish your story. Figure out what critiques you accept and then revise again.

The final step is to send your manuscript to a line editor. Then proofread your story or have someone else do this so everything looks amazing.

Pay for a book cover. A good one.

And publish!

Now you’re not only a writer. You’re an author.

Congratulations.

Now get back to the computer and do it again!