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The Myth of the Overnight Success in Writing – Breaking Down the Illusion

Consistency, discipline, and strategy: The unseen journey of every successful writer

By Rick MartinezPublished 6 days ago 3 min read
Photo by Ashim D’Silva on Unsplash

Like the entrepreneurial world, the writing world is fraught with stories of overnight success.

Novels that top best-seller lists, articles that go viral, content that takes the internet by storm – it may all seem like it happened in the blink of an eye. But here's the hard truth: these cases of instant success are rarely as "instant" as they appear.

One thing oft said is this: "overnight success, ten years in the making."

They're the result of consistent, dedicated effort applied to simple yet effective strategies over time.

It's not glamorous or particularly exciting, but it's real.

If this isn't motivating, it should be. Why? Because it means that success in writing isn't about luck or a single breakout piece. It's about persistence. It's about:

* Sticking to a consistent writing schedule, even when inspiration eludes you.

* Maintaining discipline in your efforts, even on days you'd rather do anything but write.

* Iterating on proven strategies, even when the progress seems infinitesimal.

Here's what I mean

Sticking to a consistent writing schedule, even when inspiration eludes you, means that you prioritize your craft and create a dedicated space for creativity to thrive.

Maintaining discipline in your efforts, even on days you'd rather do anything but write, means that you show up for yourself and your goals, building resilience and forging a path towards success.

Iterating on proven strategies, even when the progress seems infinitesimal, means that you embrace the growth mindset, recognizing that every small step forward contributes to your overall progress and ultimate achievement.

It's the combination of these three essential elements, along with your unwavering determination and burning desire to achieve success, that will propel you forward on your journey.

Think about it in easier terms

Imagine you're trying to lose weight, and you know that consistency in your diet is key. You can't shed 25 pounds in two days, and in that same vein, you can't become an overnight writing sensation...overnight. But you can lose 25 pounds in 6-8 months.

And you can certainly see your writing career flourish faster than you'd imagine.

If you avoid the pitfall of chasing overnight success and instead focus on the long game, you'll save yourself a lot of heartache and wasted time.

Every day that you dedicate to your craft and to your strategies, you build upon the previous day. The small improvements you make will compound over time, leading to exponential growth in your skills and career.

Take it from someone who's been there.

I write, day after day, year after year, and what seemed like an overnight success was actually a long journey.

So keep writing, reading, learning, and keep applying those simple, mundane strategies to your writing.

Remember, every successful writer you admire has likely walked this path.

Writing success is a marathon, not a sprint

The path to success in writing is a marathon, not a sprint.

The alluring myth of overnight success can lead many astray, causing them to give up when instant success isn't achieved.

But when one adopts a mindset of consistency, discipline, and persistence, writers can steadily progress toward their goals. Remember, success is built one word at a time, one day at a time. So, pick up your pen, fire up your laptop, and write.

Your journey to success begins now.

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About the Creator

Rick Martinez

I help CEOs & entrepreneurs write & publish books that give them authority & legacy | Bestselling author | Former CEO turned ghostwriter |

California born, Texas raised.

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