How I Did It This Time: Finding Our Way as Writers

For years, whenever I would meet a published author, famous or otherwise, I’d beg to know “how do you do it?” How do you find an agent, meet a publisher, get an “in” with an editor. How do you actually write the book, come up with an idea, create an outline?

I was sure, just sure, there was a way — the way — to authorial fame and fortune. If I just knew how to do it, then it was as good as done.

Well, as a published author myself, I now know that’s not true. There isn’t one way to be a writer. There aren’t even 10 ways to be a writer. The real secret that no one tells beginning writers — or even the more experienced ones — is that there actually are as many ways to be a writer as there are writers.

I think that’s why I loved what Megan Willome wrote in her recent blog post about how she came to publish a book. “What I’m sharing in this series is not How to Do It but rather How I Did It This Time. If I were to get a new book contract tomorrow, my process might be different.”

It would be a lot easier if, instead, she just gave us the magic formula. But since that formula doesn’t exist, I think it’s better that she just tell us straight. And it’s the same thing I want to tell you today: when it comes to the writing life, we each have to find our own way.

How are you finding your way today?

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Charity Singleton Craig

Charity Singleton Craig is a writer, author, and speaker, helping readers grow in their faith and experience true hope in the middle of life’s joys and sorrows. She is the author of My Year in Words: what I learned from choosing one word a week for one year and coauthor of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts.

  • reply Megan Willome ,

    Thanks so much for linking to this, Charity! I used to want the magic formula too. I’m learning to still ask the question but then pick and choose from the multitude of answers. Some things fit me, others don’t.

    Hope you’re continuing to find your own way as your life evolves and changes.

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