Those who become successful writers, are not always the ones that are the most talented, but they are always the ones who did not give up. They pushed through the tough times, passed those who dropped out and they made the decision to cross the finish line.
I had someone tell me that what you want becomes irrelevant without a decision and I realized that is so true in the writing world. I come across people all the time who say they want to be writers. They talk about all the things they want to write or all the novels they want to finish. But they never do anything about it.
There are so many things I want-I want to spend a year in Alaska, I want to see the Northern Lights, I want to attend the Book Expo of America, I want to publish a short story… Are all of these things possible for me? Of course they are, I just need to make a decision to stop wanting and to start doing.
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen created the Chicken Soup for the Soul empire. This would not have happened it they hadn’t decided to publish that first Chicken Soup for the Soul book. They also decided that NOT publishing it was NOT an option. So they persevered. They didn’t quit after 20, 50, 100 publishers said no. Jack said, when someone said "no," he and Mark would say, “next.” After 123 rejections, Heath Communications gave them the yes they had been waiting for. They have now sold over 100 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
Is 2009 going to be the year that you move beyond just wanting to write and make the decision to actually be a writer? Are you willing to do what it takes to finish that novel, write that article, start that blog or find an agent? Are you ready to invest in your writing, have confidence in your abilities and push through to the finish line? If so, 2009 is going to be a great year for you.
Next in this Invest In Your Writing series, I will talk about resources that will help you on your road to writing success.