Does this sound familiar? You started writing five, perhaps ten years ago but you haven’t published anything. In all that time you work to perfect your craft. You do this by reading ‘how to’ books on writing, watching YouTube videos and listing to audiobooks. Suddenly you want to up your game so you join a site like Wattpad (to publish some of your stories)….or you start your own Twitter account (to develop that social media presence). Then something dawns on you:
There are a frigginmillion writers! Everywhere you go you see writers. There are so many writers that you begin to question your position in all this. It gets worse when you realize that many of these writers have MA degrees and have dedicated their lives to the craft. You want to quit.
Here’s why you shouldn’t! The 80/20 Rule Discussed
First, we live in a world with close to 8 Billion people. That’s a lot of folks! You will come across writers a lot of them. So for now just accept that fact.
Next, consider the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule is also known as the Pareto principle which states that for many outcomes roughly 80% of consequences come from 20% of the causes. Stated in other words, actual works of writing will only come from 20% of writers you meet. It also means that 20% of the writers put in 80% of the work. The other 80% only pen about 20% of the works you read.
Why should you view the 80/20 rule as a friend? Stated in simple terms this Pareto principle should be a constant reminder that hard work can take you to a level that 80% of writers you meet online will never attain. In other words, striving to reach the top 20% will drastically improve your ultimate goal of being a published writer.
Let’s not stop there! Strive for Higher Ground
Of those published writers, 20% will put out 80% of the most successful publications. They are successful because they are putting in 80% of the hard work necessary to becoming a successful published author. Yes, this is the 80/20 rule. It keeps working up to the very top.
What should you as a writer be concerned with? For starters set your writing goals but incorporate a vision to attaining this top 20%.