I have gone to the websites of these writing gurus and learned that they are all trying to sell me on their course, services or program. I've found that the majority of them want me to pay a fee to publish my book. Some of them want me to pay a fee to have them edit my book. None of the sites I went to offered to teach me to write. In fact none of the sites guaranteed my writing success.
By many people's standards I am not be a very good writer and that's okay with me. Every time I write I get better because writing like any craft, skill or talent takes practice to improve. I have notebooks filled with crappy writing the world will never see. I have dozens of half written stories, several finished stories, hundreds of partially written poems, dozens of finished poems, three chapters in one book, the outline and introduction to another book and four chapters in a third book and over 90% of that writing will never be seen by another human being. It isn't good enough. Why do I keep it all? In everything I've written there is a nugget of great writing that makes me keep it and those little nuggets; the twist of a phrase, a short sentence, a descriptive paragraph, a comment by a character, a line of poetry, a stanza keep me writing.
Some authors write dozen of books, some write hundreds of short stories, some write a few books but from what I know they all write more than they get published. Some writers follow a formula and stay in that genre. Some writers experiment and try new genres. What does it take to write and become a successful writer? Practice, self-discipline, sacrifice, persistence, passion, luck but most of all it takes writing and having the guts to submit your writing to a publisher.
"You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence."
"Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing."