If I had a time machine, I’d give my younger self this writing advice*

by Dean Evans

Back In TimeGot an idea? Take action. Do it. And do it quickly.

What’s really stopping you? Fear of what people will think? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you if they don’t like it.

If you don’t try… Well, you’ll never know whether it would have worked,

And you might regret not knowing.

There’s no time like the present

Is there a perfect time to get started? Yes. Today is as good a day as any other.

So learn what you need to. But don’t try to do everything yourself. Invest in tools or services to make you more productive. Outsource what you’re not good at.

Minimize distractions like Twitter, your mobile phone and cake.

If at first you don’t succeed…

Have a little faith (and don’t lose it). Because usually your first attempt(s) won’t be perfect.

That’s OK. Mistakes are part of the creative process. Failure is all part of the journey.

There is no magical, one-size-fits-all formula for success.

You need to experiment to see what works for you and your readers… And what doesn’t. Then simply do more of the former and stick at it.

Because consistency is important.

So work hard. Be patient. It can take time to see results.

You win some, you lose some

Yes, there will be times when you’ll be tempted to give up. Especially when things don’t seem to be working and results are falling short of your expectations. Everybody goes through it.

Stay your course. Success is rarely achieved overnight.

Be open to new ideas and different ways of doing things. Keep learning. Take time to understand what your readers want and what questions they’d like answered.

Test, tweak and refine what you do so you can work faster and smarter.

But most importantly of all…

Whatever it is that you’re thinking of doing (assuming that it’s not illegal), get started on it today.

Creative Commons License photo credit: JD Hancock

* And yes, I watched Back To The Future the other day…

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