Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Excellence Today Will Ensure Writing Success Tomorrow

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Professional writers achieve success by initiating effective practices that increase their skills and self-confidence. The moment they accept the writing challenge, they develop a plan of action by studying how others have attained their goals.

Writing and thriving with sellable manuscripts require a tremendous amount of work. Each writer is different in his approach and method, but by following the steps of established bestsellers, we can make a name for ourselves in the world of publishing.

The steps aren’t difficult, and consistency is the key. When we incorporate the following 9 items into our daily routines, we will see our dreams on the written page.

Now is the time to begin.
  • Look into the mirror and repeat this confirmation, “I am a skillful writer.”
  • Write. Do not make excuses. Write. Make the time to do the work.
  • Read in the genre you want to write.
  • Read the bestsellers and analyze the writers’ techniques.
  • Study the how-to books.
  • Understand writer guidelines are an aid to learning the craft.
  • Research the market and submit regularly.
  • Take time to understand and practice social media. Establish a brand.
  • Whatever you learn, be willing to share with a serious writer.

What about you? Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and begin the program for excellence now? What of the 9 items listed above will you incorporate into your writing life?


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. 

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. 

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. 

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at


  1. DiAnn, Thank you for the challenge. I will tell myself daily, "I am a skillful writer." No more excused for me. I write at my kitchen table, it is difficult with family around. I will have my own office soon. I will write with a headset on. NO MORE EXCUSES FOR ME!

    1. Hi Cherrilynn, We all have excuses, but when I remember Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin by firelight after her children were in bed . . . I have none.

  2. Thank you Dianne. Good post. I need to expand my social media. I'm looking into doing YouTube Story Time With Nina.

    1. Hi Jann, thanks for posting! For social media, take a look at

  3. Thank you Dianne. Good post. I need to expand my social media. I'm looking into doing YouTube Story Time With Nina.