Ten Little Seeds of Encouragement

You can be anyone you want to be.

You can do anything you want to do.

You can live anywhere you want to live.

Yes, I absolutely believe this to be true.  BUT (and there’s always a “but,” right?) you have to have enough desire, followed by a lot of hard work.  Goals start as dreams, and every dream needs a seed of encouragement.  Those seeds help us make the right choices to follow our dreams and convert them to real goals.

You want to be a writer? Or course you can.

How you define “success” in terms of being a writer is up to you.  It should be a definition you can control.  Winning the lottery is probably not a realistic definition.  No matter what, all the writers I’ve ever met have worked exceptionally hard to get to where they are.

Somewhere along the way, something encouraged them.  Maybe something as simple as one of these ten little seeds:

  1. at home, your family thinks you’re the cat’s meow
  2. at school, your teachers brag about you
  3. critique group partners laugh or cry in all the right places (it may take many sessions of hard work to reach this point)
  4. pros stop to talk to you at conventions
  5. you receive a “good” rejection, asking to see more of your work
  6. you win or place in a contest
  7. an editor asks to see your work after hearing your pitch
  8. you (finally!) receive a contract in the mail
  9. a reader reports that she stayed up all night reading your book
  10. when someone, anyone–be it an editor or a reader–asks “what’s next?”

Who knows where your dreams will take you, or how far?  You’ll never know if you don’t try, so go for it!  The choice is yours to make.  So, I’m asking you?  what’s next for you?

 

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9 thoughts on “Ten Little Seeds of Encouragement”

  1. These are great, Sue! We definitely need little seeds of encouragement along the way 🙂 I’m hard at work on a new cozy series while my manuscript is on submission with editors; those encouraging rejections are key!

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  2. (Insert heart icon). My favorite is #5. I’m working on a submission for Malice Domestic’s next anthology, Mystery Most Geographical, then hope to bang out first draft of Book 1 in new series by Labor Day. Totally arbitrary deadline but it gets my fingers on the keyboard every day.

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  3. Great list! I’m getting back in the saddle after surgery, back to writing every day. Everything seems to take me about 20% longer than it used to, so I’ve readjusted my plan accordingly. Not that I’ll follow my plan, of course….

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  4. Great list.
    As a reader, I always ask #10 — what is next and/or what are you working on now. Sometimes the “next” book is finished by the time authors “make the rounds” of bookstores, so what someone is working on “now” can be down the road a bit. I do hope that all you authors know that readers LOVE to meet you in person and hear all about your thought process (ha ha) your writing methods (plot, revisions, even names) as will as what is next. We love your books and appreciate that you took the time to visit with us. We even like Facebook “live chats” and phone calls during book club meetings.

    Actually, we just like that YOU LIKE US. Please never forget that.

    I am sure that you struggle with schedules, revisions, editors, printers, and the list goes on, but WE READERS are anxiously waiting for your work because we are nurturing all those ten seeds you mentioned. Write on so we can read on.

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  5. Great comments, all! We’re working hard, right? Funny how I get so absorbed in each project that I think surely there can’t be a next one. But there always is. Write on.

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