It's often said that writing a novel happens one word at a time. When you're mid-slog through a first draft, this truism can be encouraging. All I have to do is write another word, then the next, then the next. One word certainly seems less intimidating than 80,000, right? But it's not always clear how to make those words add up to a published book with an eager audience. When it comes to living your ideal writer's life, there's a lot more involved than just spitting out words--whether you're an indie author, whether you want to be traditionally published, or if you just want to create your best possible work.