Monday, October 12, 2015

Keep Moving Forward by Linda S. Glaz

Best thing to tell a writer friend? Ourselves?

Keep moving forward.

The prize never went to the man or woman who stood at the beginning of the race and merely wanted it so much.

We hear it all the time on reality shows:

“What would it mean for you to win the competition?”

“It would mean the world. You just have no idea.” Gush, gush, gush!

Still, the other 25 in the competition DO have an idea. They want it every bit as much. But do any of the serious competitors sit down after announcing how much they want to win? No. They push forward. They keep moving. They continue to pursue the prize!

Writers are no different. We want the contract. We want the validation. We want the book to become a movie. We want it so much, you have no idea!

NO one finishes without initially moving forward.

Obstacles? Absolutely: frustration, discouragement, life…it always seem to get in the way, and, of course, writers’ block. One at a time

Frustration? Move forward.

Discouragement? Move forward.

Life? Get past it and move forward.

Writers’ block? Sit down and write!

Once you teach yourself discipline, you move forward…and write!

There is more to the experience that merely wanting to be an author. There is hard work, and you must keep moving forward no matter the obstacles or rejections.


Jodie Wolfe said...

Thanks for the reminder. :)

Deborah Dee Harper said...

Linda... great advice. Yes, it IS hard to be a writer. It's hard to keep on keepin' on. But successful writers do it. And by successful, I don't mean the top sellers. Yes, they're successful, and yep, they kept on moving forward, but sometimes being successful is nothing more than not giving up.


Linda Glaz said...

Jodie and Deb, yes, we need to be reminded. All of us when we're in a slump, but it's important to just keep on plugging along. The success doesn't always go to the most talented, but to those with a pitbull mentality. Grab on, sink your teeth in, and be in it for the long haul. (did I include enough cliches?) But many are true! And we need to learn from them that staying in it is often much more important than being the fastest runner!!! NEVER QUIT!

Nick Kording said...

I couldn't agree more. It's not the big things (deals, etc) that make you a writer. They're a sign of success and often a sign you did the little steps. You persevered - were dedicated - and, as you say, kept moving.

Linda Glaz said...

Amen, perseverance!