Monday, May 18, 2009


"Write like you have a contract." - Kim Harrison. Those are six words of advice that Kim gives to aspiring writers like myself and my friend and blog buddy Magaly. She also goes on to say that you have to write if you feel like it or not.

For aspiring authors like me, that's good advise. I have to admit that I haven't always followed it but, I have realized how important this advise really is.

It makes the difference in starting and finishing a project. It makes the difference in turning in your best work possible. It makes a difference in avoiding the deadline rush. It makes a difference in building your professionalism as a writer. It makes a difference in separating the ones who make in in the publishing world and those who don't.

Dedication, persistence and commitment to excellence and writing like you have a contract can only enhance your chances of becoming a published author/novelist.

What about you? Have you committed to writing like you have a contract? After a disappointing month writing wise, I have.


Magaly Guerrero said...

Amén to that!

There are times when I tell myself "You don't really have to write today Magaly. No one is waiting for you." But I think about how hard authors say they worked before they were finally published, and I get on the keyboard again. Even if my results are not always that great.

But I do give myself a day off every time I have a very productive weekend.

Marcia Colette said...

Coming from someone who is under contract, I can't tell you how true those words are. Kim is a very wise woman. Not only that, but those words help get you on a writing schedule and keep you there. They make you set goals and stick to them.

The best thing about writing like you have a contract is when you actually land one. You'll already be in the groove and a lot less stressed when it comes to writing book two or three, because you'll have your routine down pat. ;-)