All right, if you want to WRITE BOOKS and GET THEM DONE, you’ve got to do the work. There’s no getting around that. So, do the work, and avoid the Seven Deadly Sins:
SLOTH- Don’t be lazy. Sit down, but in chair, and do the writing.
GLUTTONY- Don’t try to shove EVERYTHING into a story. Save some ideas for something else.
WRATH- Don’t get angry and destroy the work you’ve done when it’s coming out wrong. Walk away, cool down, look at it fresh.
PRIDE- Take your critiques with humility and grace. Seek out critique partners who will challenge you.
LUST- Avoid the lure of the New Shiny. Work on the project you’ve got going on, get it DONE.
ENVY- Eyes on your own paper. Don’t worry about what other writers are doing.
GREED- … ummmm….
Greed’s fine in this business, actually. Go after whatever money they’ll pay you. You’ve earned it. Don’t work for free. Or “exposure”. Or copies that you need to sell. GET PAID. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
So what are you still here for? Get down in those word mines, get to work. I’ll see you down there.