Of course, defining ‘successful’, or for that matter ‘excellence’, is very subjective. We hope you agree with our choices. More importantly, will you use what you discover here to prompt or to improve your own writing? Always presupposing you’re reading this book because you want to write, or write better, what’s been stopping you so far? What stops you now? What would have to happen for you to do it?
Asking yourself these questions, notice what happens inside your head…and THAT’S what is our main focus…what’s happening INSIDE the heads of the writers we admire. As nothing comes about without someone first thinking it, and as all thinking has structure, if we can unpack the structures used by those who do something well, then others can use these to improve how they do something.
Everything starts in the mind. And when we have an outcome, a goal, only seeing it as a future event will perhaps also conjure up a vision in our heads of a series of hurdles between now and that future we want.