As authors, I think we all have moments of doubt. Sometimes we wonder if we have the talent to write anything at all that's worthwhile. Will the publisher accept my book? Even if he does, will anyone read it? We could go on endlessly fretting and worrying whether or not we will prevail in our quest to become a published author. Here's some bits of wisdom I can share.
- Keep in mind that if you are rejected, the world is still turning on it's axis: If you get the dreaded rejection letter, it's a huge disappointment. It's certainly not the result you wished for. But it's only one person's opinion. Many wildly successful authors have persevered and finally realized their dreams. Dr. Suess, is the person I remember. He got dozens of rejections before The Cat in the Hat was published. He just didn't find anyone who appreciated his remarkable talent.
- Keep in mind you've worked very hard-Think about how hard you've worked and what you've accomplished to this point in time. You've improved your skills. You've learned a great deal.
- Believe in yourself: You know that you can accomplish much more than you ever imagined. You can reach your goals. Your positive attitude will help you a great deal. Remember, you can talk yourself into or out of anything! You are what you think.
- Surround yourself with supportive people-Surround yourself with people who encourage you to persevere. It doesn't mean the people always have to agree with every little thing you do, but they should support you in your efforts to succeed.
- If writing is your passion, pursue it!- If writing is something that you love passionately, don't give up when things don't progress as quickly as you had hoped. The only undeniable road to failure is quitting.
- Practice, practice and practice more-In my view, writing is like any other skill. If you want to improve, you have to write. It's no different than anything else. Can you think of a famous singer who never sang? Do you know any highly touted athletes who don't practice? You've got the idea.
(c) Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2013
Excellent points and advice.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Suzanne. I hope these little hints help all of us feel more confident. Thank you so much for visiting. I always love hearing from you. Have a lovely day.ReplyDelete