I read a fascinating article by a design artist whose ideas seem perfect for anyone who aspires to be a writer. If someone tells him something won’t work, it is a sure bet he will do it. That’s good advice for those who yearn to write. Remember this, young writers, nobody is looking over your shoulder. If you don’t have an idea, don’t stress about it, just go do something else. It’s the attitude of it doesn’t matter what you write that will inspire you and allow you to work on only the things you truly want to work on.
In human nature there is the tendency to overreach. Have you ever sat down at your blank screen computer and thought, “Do I have a decent chance of being successful?” or, “Oh, my God someone else out there is writing the same thing! What now?” or, “Who has done this better, faster, and smarter than me?”
Afraid of failure. You must make yourself immune to failure. I have a file cabinet full of “failures.” If it were not for ePublishing, I would still be a failure because traditional publishing houses had already rejected my work for years. It is now doing quite well on Amazon. Print publishers are such snobs even agents have trouble dealing with them.
If you are not depending on writing for a living, then you have the luxury of failing or calling a “Do over!” when the writing is not going well, AND NOTHING BAD WILL HAPPEN TO YOU. There is a lot of talk about “doing what you love.” But there is a lot of meaning packed into that word “Love.” Love is not hanging out on forums or in writing groups and professing a love of writing. Writing is hard work. It’s focused dedication at odd hours, trying to squeeze in a few minutes to write before or after work or while the baby is asleep. It’s knowing that at every step of the way the chances of traditional success are slim, and not letting that stop you.
In a “real job” people get a lot of negative feedback. In the writing world that is expressed as “one or two star reviews” on your baby you have published on Amazon or Smashwords. Think about that. If you love writing, even if someone says it’s terrible, you still love it. Don’t let those negative reviews get you down. Those dolts could never write a book. They can’t even write a cogent negative review. Take that negative crap and let it make you stronger. Remember this: You are writing for the five star reviewers. They love what you write, so write some more of the same.
And if someone tells you that you will never be a success as an author just say, “Thank you. Now, I’m definitely going to to it.”