The secret to writing a bestseller…

Yup… this is basically it in a nutshell, I think.

As for me, I’ve re-written the 5,000 words that I lost and caught up on the two days I couldn’t write.

The goal – to write 1,000 words a day and have a first draft finished by the end of March.

What are you working on at the moment? Is it going well?

About Jodie @ Words Read & Written

Book blogger & aspiring author.
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75 Responses to The secret to writing a bestseller…

  1. Gerri says:

    I’m finished the second of three novels that will take place in the same Cape Cod cottage. The stories are stand-alone, but there’s a little magic in the cottage’s sun porch that will unite them. I’m still revising the second book, though I did pitch it to an agent at a writer’s conference. She requested 50 pages. That sure gets you glued to the computer. I’m also working on the third novel. It’s in the planning stage. I like to start with the Hero’s Journey. Most of it is in my head,, but I’m excited about it!

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  2. Gerri says:

    I’m finished the second of three novels that will take place in the same Cape Cod cottage. The stories are stand-alone, but there’s a little magic in the cottage’s sun porch that will unite them. I’m still revising the second book, though I did pitch it to an agent at a writer’s conference. She requested 50 pages. That sure gets you glued to the computer. I’m also working on the third novel. It’s in the planning stage. I like to start with the Hero’s Journey. Most of it is in my head,, but I’m excited about it!

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  3. Dave Burns says:

    Reblogged this on Uncarvedbooks.

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  4. veraryder says:

    You would think 3-4 pages a day isn’t that difficult, but some days I count myself lucky to have written just a page. The secret is to write everyday, and never think worse of yourself if you don’t hit your word count. As for me, I’m busy with edits.

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  5. veraryder says:

    You would think 3-4 pages a day isn’t that difficult, but some days I count myself lucky to have written just a page. The secret is to write everyday, and never think worse of yourself if you don’t hit your word count. As for me, I’m busy with edits.

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  6. zweetmacala says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    I just found this helpful.

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  7. zweetmacala says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    I just found this helpful.

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  8. This is an even more curious question that ‘what makes great writing great?’ I had to write a blog post about it, but the short answer (in my opinion) write about something people will talk about a lot….BUT that doesn’t mean that all bestsellers have great writing. http://wp.me/p1t9AW-67

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  9. sarahlearichards says:

    And, like Stephen King said to do in “On Writing”, “kill your darlings”.

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  10. sarahlearichards says:

    And, like Stephen King said to do in “On Writing”, “kill your darlings”.

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  11. Just writing bits and pieces.

    And thank you for liking that thing I scribbled down.

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  12. danniehill says:

    Great blog. Every great writer and some not so great, will give the same advice to a potential writer. But you said so well!

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  13. danniehill says:

    Great blog. Every great writer and some not so great, will give the same advice to a potential writer. But you said so well!

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  14. All Out Of Excuses says:

    I seriously have no idea how you’re able to stick with such a long term project, I’m far too OCD to ever write a novel. As you can probably tell from what you’ve seen on my blog, I’m a little all over the place. Though sometimes I think it would be interesting to weave all my pieces into one giant run-on-sentence….Just to confuse the heck out of everyone 🙂

    As for your question, I’m currently editing older entries in my journals that were never meant to see the light of day, in fact, none of my writing was supposed to see the light of day, this is all very new to me and I’ve been publishing online as a form of therapy.

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  15. Reblogged this on 榮 榮 說 and commented:
    EXACTLY! The secret to becoming a published author is not about blogging, or Tweeting, or even pimping ourselves endlessly to establish an ‘online presence.’ It is simply about writing!

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  16. Reblogged this on 榮 榮 說 and commented:
    EXACTLY! The secret to becoming a published author is not about blogging, or Tweeting, or even pimping ourselves endlessly to establish an ‘online presence.’ It is simply about writing!

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  17. Dave says:

    This related to BICHOK (sometimes with TAM)? Either way you look at it, both are correct. Thanks for a welcome reminder of what it really takes to write a novel (thought it may not be a bestseller 🙂

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  18. You just can’t beat advice like this .

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  19. You just can’t beat advice like this .

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  20. ernestwhile says:

    I often read about this notion of forcing yourself to write a certain word or page count every day, or every week. I don’t get it. I never kept a journal as a kid, can’t force myself to do anything. I’ve had periods where I had to write every day, then >poof< five year dry spell. Nowadays I just wait and when it comes, it comes. Thankfully, no one cares enough to set me a deadline.

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  21. ernestwhile says:

    I often read about this notion of forcing yourself to write a certain word or page count every day, or every week. I don’t get it. I never kept a journal as a kid, can’t force myself to do anything. I’ve had periods where I had to write every day, then >poof< five year dry spell. Nowadays I just wait and when it comes, it comes. Thankfully, no one cares enough to set me a deadline.

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  22. Reblogged this on WriteTheWhite and commented:
    Thanks, Jodie. I feel like this says it all right here.

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  23. Drew B. says:

    This is too true and it is completely the opposite of what I have been doing. Now here I am approaching midnight trying to figure out what it is that I really want to write about.

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  24. Drew B. says:

    This is too true and it is completely the opposite of what I have been doing. Now here I am approaching midnight trying to figure out what it is that I really want to write about.

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  25. julie blue says:

    This is so PERFECT!!! I wish I could get this to automatically pop up whenever I’m wasting time on facebook, twitter, etc.

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