Michael spoke about his daily writing routine and how important it is to have a routine that works for you. He also reinforced an often quoted point, you have to write every day. Whether it is a word, a sentence, a paragraph or a page and beyond, you need to keep connected to your Work In Progress. This really hit home for me because I, like many others, find the longer you leave it between looking at your manuscript, the easier it is to lose touch with it. Days easily become weeks and sometimes even months. You cringe every time someone asks how your book is going, trying to remember the last time you even opened the file. In the week since, I have remembered Michael's advice and done pretty well, only missing one day. Guess what? He's right. Even if you only do the most minor of adjustments, if you add or remove an extra word, you have done something. And more often than not, it's much more than that. My word count has jumped significantly in just one week and I'm hoping I'll stay on this trajectory.
So, for all of us wannabe bestselling authors, the reality is if you love writing and you want to be successful, you have to keep writing. Like any other skill, even with a natural talent, you need to keep practising to improve. And remember, even the most successful writers in the world still have to sit in front of their computer screen with a blinking cursor and let the words flow. There are no shortcuts, nor should there be.