Moving up the Ranks
Finishing a story is hard work – at least, of course, if you’re writing a good one! Writing requires commitment, skill, talent, attention to detail, imagination and passion. But writing is equally a rewarding experience. When I finished my first novel, just writing the words ‘the end’ was such a satisfying experience. I knew then that I could do it, that I can keep writing, keep getting better and perhaps one day, even become published and give a reader an experience that really rocks them (in a good way, of course!)
The diagram above is something I found in ‘The Art of War for Writer’ by James Scott Bell, and although the chart talks about ‘novels’, there is nothing stopping you from substituting that word with ‘short stories’ or ‘poems’.
James Scott Bell explains:
- at the bottom ‘wanna be‘ is the group where people say ‘I think I can write a good novel’ or ‘I want to’ – and with that persisting attitude, you can only want to be, you never can be
- one step up and you have ‘learning‘. This is a wonderful place to be, because in front of you, a whole world opens up to you. You go to take writing classes, or you buy a book on writing, or you practice regularly, or you read some articles and take notes
- third up is ‘finished novel’. He says, this is where real writers come from. A lot of things are hard to do the first time, but once you’ve broken through that bracket, you’ll be able to do it again, and again, with only better results.
- after that, are people who have completed ‘multiple novels‘. It is very rare for a writers first novel to be published, so you keep on going, because, as JSB says, ‘you are a novelist, not just someone who happened to write a novel’.
- next are those who get ‘published‘. This place is indescribably rewarding – not only have you satisfied your own needs by telling a story, you are going to share the journey of your characters with other people who are waiting to be overcome with emotions
- then you have the ‘multi-published‘, where you continue to write, continue to give and achieve
- finally, JSB describes the topping circle as ‘the wheel of fortune‘ where no-one can control what becomes the next breakout hit
It’s inspiring to vision all these ranks of the pyramid as chapters of your journey as a writer. Concentrate on achieving your goals and never stopping. You have a brilliant story to tell, and you have words as your tool to deliver it across the world. Keep moving up.