Like most new writers, I get a daily dose of melancholy. Write a new scene—question its integrity—change a couple words—read it again—laugh and scratch my head—erase a few sentences—hit Control Z—smile—read it again—give up and move on. Turns out, the scene was just fine. That’s a moment inside this writer’s head.
Certain things help me move forward. Not rituals. Just silly tools I use to boost my writing spirit. The best one … a clipping from a magazine from my doctor’s office. I taped it to the wall above my computer and read it every day. This little article contains thumbnail sketches about the supposed failures (so critics say) of superstars like Walt Disney and Elton John (written by Andrew Lock: Small Biz Marketing). Here’s one of my favorites…
A friend of mine in the music industry personally auditioned a singer by the name of Reg Dwight in the 1960s. He unceremoniously shoved the singer out of his office for wasting his time. That singer is now better known as Elton John.
The A-list talent rejected before they found their patch of happiness in the world was astounding.
Thomas Edison’s teachers said “he was too stupid to learn anything” and Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Really?
Mr. Lock advises to use bad experiences as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks. Great advice. The only stumbling block in my path is myself.
Dreams come true. No matter how big or small. As writers, I think we dream pretty big. We pray for success on many levels. Sure, selling lots of copies of my latest release will help pay my bills. But, that’s not what I’m looking for exactly. Validation? Appreciation? Sometimes. For me it’s all about the story. Connecting with readers and other writers. Showing them how human I am. And providing hope with my happily-ever-after.
So, kick fear to the curb. Dreams come true. And last week I was blessed to live one of mine. I signed with Random House. 🙂