I received an email from my daughter’s swim team with a list of things that keep swimmers from achieving their dreams and goals. It inspired me to create this list …tweaked for us…authors, writers, novelists
Five things that stand in the way of writers and the goals they yearn to achieve:
You act like a stubborn toddler and downright refuse to learn the lessons given (and painfully necessary to progress).
You’ve been told more than once that writers write. Butt in chair. Writers read. If you don’t have time to write (or read) then you’re not a writer. But, yet, you still make the excuses and watch the hours upon hours of nonsense TV or spend exorbitant amounts of time on social media. Don’t worry about your platform, first you’ve got to have something published, Holmes.
You’re afraid of shining.
You’ve heard this one for years. Fear of success. Fear of failure is more popular in folklore, but this one is insidious. Perhaps you won’t like being a celebrated author. Oh, the travel will get tedious and being recognized for your work on Facebook… that would be just awful. C’mon. You know you’d be fine with being a celebrity and let’s face it, what are the odds, really?! Buy a lottery ticket and get back to writing.
You’re quitting way too early.
It’s painful when you put yourself out there and submit your writing to a contest or publisher or agent and you get rejected. It makes you want to grab a bag of chips and some candy bars and plop in front of the TV and do some marathon watching of the Good Wife (hypothetically, speaking). But, if you don’t continue to write and push yourself you’ll never know if the benefit is just around the next corner. The perfect critique group or the contest that you’ll actually place in may just be in your future, Author. So, please, don’t give up or you’ll ensure you won’t win the prize. And that’s just sad when it’s you shutting down the party.
You’re not willing to take it to the next level.
You’re in a great group (say #10MinNovelists , for example) and there are wonderful people offering you help and support and contacts and you just.don’t.write. How sad is that?! Write your heart out, put that butt in the chair and keep writing because it doesn’t have to be perfect (that’s what editors are for), won’t be perfect (c’mon, you aren’t) and it might just be pretty terrific. If, at first, your genre or idea aren’t working, try something super crazy. That’s what NaNoWriMo is so great for. You can reinvent yourself and no one has to know – unless and until it’s an über-best seller, that is!
You’re not capitalizing on successes you’ve already garnered.
Funny enough, some writers are introverts who don’t enjoy marketing themselves. In this day and age, that’s not gonna fly. Social media is required to get your name in front of a saturated audience. Info fatigue is real and sometimes I know I just want to unplug, but that would require me actually…ahem…unplugging. So, we have to be prudent and socially responsible and not spam our existing or future loyal followers.
So, talk up things that interest you, give a plug to your blog or book and be sure to be a good follower and balcony person. Cheer on your fellow authors! Oh…and WRITE!
Sarah Moran blogs at www.sarahmdipity.wordpress.com