Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Successful Writing Is All In Your Head

Being successful in writing is not about the number of books your sold, or the number of pages you have written. It is all a head game and it is all up to you.

I am writing this today after a not so great day with my daughter and her horse riding. You have good days and you have bad days in the equestrian world. Yesterday wasn't a good day and it all came down to head-games.

For some reason, which I am sure no one really has the answer for, but I am sure a ton of "experts" will offer up advice for, the jumps were not happening. Now, please know that my daughter and her horse have jumped up to 4' jumps, but today the jumps were not working. When we talked it was all in her head.

But what does this have to do with writing? You are going to be faced with so many different challenges and obstacles with your writing. There will be days when you are not in the mood. There will be days when daily chores scream at you to be done. BUT...if you are a professional writer, you will now that today, you have to perform. You have to sit your butt in the chair and write.

There will be times when you think you can't do it. It is at that moment when you need to tell that voice to shut the "you know what up", go to the other room and quit bugging you. It is your time to write and nothing is going to stop you!

There will be times when you believe your writing sucks worse then a septic company. Tell that voice to follow that other voice out the door. You have work to do.

Getting to THE END is tough. Every writer knows it! But to be successful you cannot quit. So what if your first book didn't sell. It might have been bad timing. The fact that you had 5 agents offering you representation should tell you that you have something.

So today, your task is to get off your butt, get in the saddle (yes, we are back to the horse references again) and start writing.

And, just to let you know, my daughter did create a plan of attack for riding this Saturday and Sunday. She is not going to let that voice get in her head again!

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