The ABCs of TopNotch Writing
by MaryAnn Diorio
As I was growing up, I thought the writing life was a life of glamour, chocolate, and huge royalty checks. When I became a writer, I had to make a major paradigm shift in order to survive and succeed in the writing profession. Some truths I learned along the way—what I call the ABCs of TopNotch Writing—set me free to become the writer God created me to be.
What are the ABCs of TopNotch Writing? They are Attitude, Business, and Craft. Every successful writer pays close attention to each of these in order to build a successful writing career. Attitude, Business, and Craft form a three-legged stool that will wobble if one or more of the legs is missing.
Attitude is your mindset toward your writing and toward life in general. Well-known motivational speaker Zig Ziglar has said that “it is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude.” So it is with writing. It is not what happens to you that matters as you build your writing career; it is how you respond to what happens to you. The circumstance may be out of your control, but your response to the circumstance is not.
Business is the foundational structure through which you manage your writing career. Consider the business aspect of writing as the stewardship side. It is here that you serve God in administering, investing, and multiplying the writing gift He has given you for the purpose of building His Kingdom. The business aspect of writing involves planning, budgeting, and income generation. It requires constant oversight as you care for the enterprise that the Master has entrusted to you.
Craft covers the artistic, creative aspect of your writing career, the aspect that employs the imagination to fashion stories, poems, essays, and articles. Craft is where writers like to spend most of their time, and rightly so. But focusing only on Craft while neglecting the Attitude and Business aspects of your writing career will cause your three-legged stool to wobble.
So there you have it. A sure strategy to writing success: Attitude, Business, and Craft. If you’d like to learn more about the ABCs of TopNotch Writing, check out my e-book for only $0.99 on Amazon at
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