Monday, May 19, 2014

One Key to Writing Success

Key Word—Focus:


So you want to be a prolific author. You want to write books for all age groups, and you have a drawer filled with manuscripts to prove it-but nothing published, yet. Maybe you’ve submitted most of your stories and received rejection after rejection with very few comments about why the agent wasn’t interested. I’ve been there. Let’s take a closer look at the problem.


Could you be spreading your talents too thin? Have you thought about focusing on one age group and one genre? Sometimes, narrowing your focus can shed light on the subject and in turn, you will produce a tighter, more polished manuscript.


With a tighter focus, you may find the new genre or age group is just where you want to be. I know when I get excited about my work, it makes everything easier. I suddenly love what I’m writing about, which makes the plot fall into place almost effortlessly!


As many of you know, I write fiction for all age groups, but recently, I focused on nonfiction.  I took a nonfiction class (WOW). Thanks, Kristen Fulton! I joined a nonfiction critique group, and I created a picture book outline. Then the research started. Nonfiction requires tons of research—I researched to make sure the research was true. At first, it felt like a drag, but then I dug deeper and found my first golden nuggets.


That’s when something awesome happened! I fell-in-love with my nonfiction subject, my main character and my research! Now all of my earlier projects (you know, the ones in the drawer), don’t seem quite as interesting anymore. I have a new love—an urgent one that I focus on daily. And sometimes nightly!


Yes, I love to research! I never know what I’ll find next and that fact keeps me digging for more. My nonfiction writing is coming along exquisitely! I now have three finished nonfiction picture books with a dozen more in the works!


So if you really want to write and become a published author, the key word to guarantee your success could be . . .  FOCUS.

As always, thanks for stopping at my blog. I look forward to answering your questions:)



  1. I think I'll take your great advice -- thanks!

  2. Thanks so much, Sarah! Hugs:)