There are countless writers' resources out there. Books on how to become a successful writer. Blogs about honing your writing craft. Writers conferences to improve your ability and to network. Countless competitions and contests. Family, friends and neighbors telling you what to do. For the past week, I've been skimming through a lot of this to see what is out there. Each tip, each instruction potentially could improve my writing. The trick is to filter the tips to the real and best ones and then apply them. Not all are created equal. There may be many experts out there, but if you don't like their work or no substance backs the instruction, tread carefully.
My purpose in going through a bunch of writers websites this week? To motivate myself. It achieved a little bit of that and the exact opposite. I found some applicable tips, but then was also reminded of the vastness of the book world and the unlikelihood of ever getting acclaim. I realized that even if I think I know what I am doing, I probably don't. Why even try? ...Good question. ...Because that is not why I am writing. I have an important story to tell, and if no one else thinks that, well at least I will have told it. I will have accomplished it and learned a lot in the process.
Is the hard work all worth it in the end? I think so.