Want to know the secret to becoming a best selling author? How to become a faster, better, stronger writer? Want to make millions selling your books to adoring fans?
I know the secret. I'll share it with you.
That's it. It's deceptively easy. You want to be a better writer? Write more. You want to make more money writing? Write more. You want to become the next JK Rowling? Write more (and have an incredible amount of luck).
Your first book will not be an international bestseller.* It will probably just sell to your friends and family, and maybe a few others. Why? Because no one succeeds at something hard on their first try.
So, write more. Don't stop and agonize over one book. Get it as good as you can and write another. And then another. And another. Practice makes perfect.
People are often surprised when I say I have 29 books published. I wish it were more. (I need to take my own advice) But I go back and read my first few books, and they suck. They're good books and I love them, but I see so many things that I can do better. I see ways to make the story tighter, the characters more vibrant, the problems bigger. I've become a better writer because I've written more.
So, WRITE MORE. Don't stop.
*probably. There are always those lucky few that hit it big right out of the park. Good luck to you!