Sunday, January 11, 2009

Invest In Your Writing: Make a Decision

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.


Elle MD said...

This is exactly what I needed to hear today! I am going to keep a link to this post handy so that I can read it often. Stop WANTING to do it; just DO IT. Thanks!

Kerrie said...


I am so glad to hear that this is what you needed today. That makes my day.


Lily Samson said...

I have always been a risk taker and so far, I don't regret any of the decision that I have made. As a new freelance writer, I know that there are a lot of obstacles to meet but I always tell my self that nothing can stop me from my one true dream - writing. There is an inspiring essay that I have read 3 years ago on keeping the faith till the very end and I guess, that serves as my inspiration.

Brian Schwartz said...

Everyday I invest time or money into my writing dream, I know I'm getting another step closer to the place I want to be. Thanks for creating an organization to help connect the community, bringing such valuable resources to us, and for being the loudest advocate and supporter for northern Colorado writers! Today I pick up my advance copy proof and I also joined NCW!
All the best,

Kerrie said...

Brian, congratulations on your book. You are a perfect example of what can happen when you do invest the time, energy and money into following your writing dreams.

Lily, keep going. It sounds like you too are one to make things happen.

Happy Writing!

Anonymous said...

Hello Kerrie,

Keep up the good work. For writers, even a floating grass blade is a big motivation. Loved some of your articles. Best wishes.

Lalit Navani

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