Writer’s Heart: “It’s impossible, said pride, it’s risky, said experience, it’s pointless, said reason, give it a try, whispered the heart.”

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I am a fiction writer, but in todays industry you also have to be a Marketer, Promoter, and Social Network guru to make your business successful.  Yes, if you write for a living it is a business and should be view as such.  This can all be so overwhelming on top of the writing itself.  It requires believing in yourself  and your story, despite setbacks, a strong constitution to endure criticism, critics and naysayers.  It requires fortitude to write against all odds and despite them.  It requires learning the craft of writing, plus all that goes with that, and presenting your best face in a professional manner if you want to be successful.  In other words, it is hard work, with little thanks or appreciation, and constant critical analysis by everyone.

The thing is I think a lot of writer’s are like me.  I love to write, because I love to read.  My mother made reading an adventure from the time I started walking.  She took me to the library, before I started kindergarten.   I was an only child, so books were my companions.  The writing started young in diaries and journals branching out into in role-playing games far into adulthood.  I told my friends stories that I made up off the top of my head as a kid.

Reading and writing has been a form of pleasure, entertainment and a way to express myself for most of my life. In 2012, I took Holly Lisle’s How To Think Sideways course.  I discovered I wanted to write to publish.  It changed the way I viewed my writing, the way I approach writing and my belief in myself as a writer.

I discovered IWSG community in March of 2014, which has taught me the importance of posting on my blog on a regular basis and the difference that can make.

My biggest fear is failing myself, giving up on myself during the struggles, because successful writing takes hard work, perseverance  though failures and false starts, life curves that every human deals with and change.  Keeping up with the changes and making them work for you.

“It’s impossible, said pride, it’s risky, said experience, it’s pointless, said reason, give it a try, whispered the heart.” ~unknown

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.  Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.  And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. ” ~Steve Jobs

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”

~George Sheehan

A post about my creative process:  Discovering the Muse: My Muse: Left Brain, Right Brain read more here

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7 comments

  • It’s important to keep writing no matter what. Very uplifting post.

  • Stephanie Scott

    I enjoyed this post. As an only child myself, books also have a special place in my childhood. Though I imagine most writers have an early foundation in reading. I’m so thankful for my family who made books a priority.

    Here’s my March IWSG post

  • Wow. LOVE this post and those quotes! *so inspirational* Sometimes I get extremely discouraged with writing because I think “no one EVER is going to read this. I’m wasting my time.” But really, even if I never sell a book, I’m writing. And that makes me happy. You only get one life so spend it doing what you love.

  • Hi Juneta,
    I think you’ve found the key important point here – ‘fear of failing yourself’, you’ve got past the concerns about what other people think and are concentrating on what’s important to you – that’s something that often takes people a long time to get past (and can reappear even when you think you’ve gotten past it). Keep it up girl! 🙂
    Angie

  • I don’t write to get published. I just write. It’s like an addiction that I can’t stop. Not that I try very hard.

    No submitting I can stop. Submitting is my biggest challenge. 🙂

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

  • I’ve learned to always listen to my hearts. If you try your hardest and do what your heart says, you could never fail yourself. 🙂

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