So you want to be an author?
First, from Nothing but blank pages and a keyboard, with only your experience and imagination and talent to guide you, write a book.
Write another book. Write another one. Now, maybe you’ve honed your skills enough that someone else will want to read your creation. Find out if that’s true.
Convince someone else, in my case a small press, that the idea of the story, the plot, has a wide enough appeal that there is a market for the book. Convince them to read the book so they can fall in love with the prose, the story, and the potential for money making.
Spend a year or more creating excitement about the novel. Build a following. Blog. Post on facebook and twitter and linkedin and googleplus and yahoo groups. Find you enjoy this socializing and speaking and teaching and getting to know people. Or not.
When you finally have the book in your hands, do a celebratory dance! Then quick, go into schools and libraries and bars and bookstores and festivals and convince people to pick the book up, hold it in their hands, read enough of the words to fall in love. Discover this is something you enjoy. Or not.
Believe that from nothing you have created a world others will enjoy and enter into, will put down with a sigh and wait eagerly for your next book, your next creation.
Believe in this magic of nothing more than words on a page and yourself. Do it until your family thinks you’re nuts and your husband wants his dinner and the dog forgets who you are. Do it some more.
Believe your power to transform nothing into magic was not a fluke. Do it again. From nothing create a book. Another book. Another story.
Repeat this process. Keep creating something from nothing. Do it until you reach that magic tipping-point where enough people know and love your writing, your stories, that you can be announced to the world, acclaimed as the next overnight success.
Do it again.
Congratulations! You’re a writer.