It’s IWSG Wednesday and that means you have many blogs to visit; so I’ll keep this brief. But know I could go on for pages. Why? Because too many writers believe there isn’t enough success to go around or enough readers. That couldn’t be furthest from the truth. There are enough readers for us all. Your triumph does not deter from mine. And vice versa. Please heed the following words, however sparse.
When I was a young writer, I found time cruel and unforgiving.
“Slow down, Time,” I’d cry. “Have mercy on me!” As if that would ensure I’d find a publisher.
The more I begged, the more Time dragged. I’d send out queries and wait months for a response. I’d check our mailbox with bated breath. (Sound familiar?) I did this every day until the millennium when publishers finally allowed email attachments. After that, I’d hound my inbox. In total I spent 27 years begging to be published.
When I’d receive multiply rejections, I’d cry, mop, and wallow in self-pity, sometimes for up to two days.
T W E N T Y – S E V E N !
You may have already heard I self-published in 2008 after my good friend and critique partner Keith Pyeatt
did. I don’t think Keith would mind if I shared that we were
inexperienced writers back then. Through sheer determination we carried on, never wavering in our support for each other.
Shortly after Keith found his first publisher, I found mine.
You might assume that time had put me through the ringer. But honestly time never failed me. While there were moments I felt defeated, the feelings never lasted long. Okay, that’s not true. I once quit writing for an entire year.
Then I discovered the truth.
Would you like to know the three steps to becoming an author who actually sells copies?
First: Care about how you feel.
Second: Believe in your success.
Third: Give thanks as if it’s already happened.
As corny as this may sound–and I’m sure a few of you are shaking your head–the only way to get what you want is to believe you already have it. Sure, it helps if you write everyday and you have critique partners you trust. (Thank you, Vicki, Chris, Merilyn, Alan, Keith
Before you rise tomorrow morning, concentrate on thoughts that leave you smiling. Give thanks for what you have and for what you’ve yet to receive. Then do it again the next morning and the next.
If you do this every day and you believe with all your heart that you’re already successful, I promise… your life will change forever. Time will become what it’s always been: irrelevant.