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