Purpose of IWSG: to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance.
It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
To join IWSG visit Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh here
“If you can’t control your peanut butter,
you can’t expect to control your life.”
~Bill Watterson, The Authoritative Calvin And Hobbes
Have you ever wondered if you have the perseverance to see this writing thing through? Regardless of what you may have heard to the contrary, there is a secret:
Focus on what you can control.
FACT: You don’t now, nor will you ever, have power over the fickle world of publishing. Don’t waste your time wishing things were different. Directing your energies toward what is beyond your command will only result in discontent and rancor—a guaranteed path to failure.
Instead, look to that which you CAN control. You can’t force an editor or agent to love your manuscript, but you can keep querying, and if necessary editing, until you find one who does. Or you can self-publish and prove them all wrong. You can’t make readers buy your book, but you can explore alternative ways to promote your work in order to reach new audiences and create your own path.
The only way this writing gig is going to work out for you is if you hold on to your personal power. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. It’s okay to kvetch occasionally—we’re all guilty—but if all you do is bitch, maybe writing isn’t for you. Be brave, grab the reins, and ask yourself honestly:
How can I improve my situation?
Taking responsibility for our successes also means taking responsibility for our failures, and that’s one hell of a terrifying prospect—one many of us use as an excuse not to act. Don’t let this be you. Failure is part of the journey. Make your mistakes, take your knocks, get back up, brush yourself off, and try again. And don’t forget the secret: if you really want to be a writer, concentrate on what you can control, don’t become bitter about what you cannot, and don’t give up.
Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future,
but from wanting to control it.