Monday, December 19, 2011
Check Excuses at the Door
If you were a surgeon, you'd have to show up at the hospital, prepared to heal sick and hurting people. No excuses.
If you were a CEO, you'd have to show up at the board meetings, prepared to lead and advise. No excuses.
But you are a writer. Do you show up every day, regardless of how you feel? No excuses?
The degree of your writing success depends directly upon your acceptance of that responsibility. If you write half days, or every other day, or twice a week, or whatever the sporatic time may be, you divide your chance of success by that amount.
For instance, a career writer works a minimum of forty hours a week. If you work ten hours, due to other obligations, you slow down your progress by 75% and diminish your odds for success by the same.
If you are wishing that you'll "strike it rich" accidentally by your manuscript stumbling into the hands of someone who can catapult it to stardom, dream on. If you market your book a quarter of the time that a full-time writer does, expect to make a quarter of the sales.
Sure, there's a degree of luck in the equation. Just keep in mind that everybody is subject to that same amount of luck. In other words, you get out of writing what you put into it. You get out of marketing what you put into it. Not what someone else puts into it. You.
Writing is a profession, one of the lucky few, in which you have 90 percent control over your success. That's a good thing or a bad thing. . . . depending on how well you embrace the odds.