I recently overheard a group of men talking about the Chinese Zodiac predictions for 2019. According to these men, this year is set to be the year of money, love and career. They went on planning how they were going to spend their increase in fortune.
While optimism is a worthy trait, there’s more to achieving success than hoping and dreaming—especially in the subjective world of publishing. Positive thinking is an incredible tool that can sustain us during darker moments, when rejections are pouring in and our confidence is in shambles. But that’s where the benefit begins and ends.
Work—I know, work is a four letter word, pun intended—work is a one way road toward success. Networking might give us a lift, speeding the process. Education, either through conferences or traditional classes can help us along, give us direction. But no amount of wishing will catapult you on a bestseller’s list.
The only thing is work. And work (in our publishing world) is writing. It sounds trivial. Maybe even a tad silly.
But we are authors and we need to write.
This is the reason we do Museful Moments at our meetings. This is why we sponsor the Good Pitch, Bad Pitch at our Spring Conference. This is why we accept the BlogChallenge.
We can’t become better writers if we don’t write. Whether you’re just starting out and can barely put two words together, write.
Join our Blog Challenge. Join our critique groups. Join us—and write.