The Things Aspiring Writers Are Good At

| Friday, October 5, 2012
Today's Tune: Summertime

BBBurke suggested that I write something uplifting for aspiring writers, since there's always so much out there about what we're doing wrong and how to do it better. So. Here's that :)

The Things Aspiring Writers Do Right

1.) We understand that we want to do something seriously, and we sit down and dedicate ourselves to it. We write, and write, and write. As we write, we improve. Not everyone can do that. You can't just automatically be good at something, and a lot of people give up when they realize turning their "hobby" into a profession is going to be hard. For all the people who don't give up: you are fabulous. And you're ahead of the curve. Picture this visual: there are 100 people who say they want to write a book someday. Of those 100 people, maybe 50 will ever put a word to paper. Of those 50, maybe 25 will keep putting words down until the have a book. Of those, maybe 12 will edit, rewrite, and improve that book before giving up. Maybe 6 of those decide to send that book out into the world, and maybe 3 of those will try the whole thing again if they're shot down. And maybe, just maybe, you're that one person who will keep at it again, again, and again until you're the one that succeeds. If you're that person, you're at the head of your particular pack.

2.) We dooooon't stop belieeeeving and we hang on to that feeeEEEEEeeeEEeeelliiiinnngggg ooooooh sorry. Couldn't resist. But seriously, aspiring writers are often some of the most optimistic, go get 'em, determined people I've ever met. Even when we don't believe in ourselves, we believe in each other. And that's wonderful.

3.) We support one another. I don't know about all of the writing communities, but I know in the YA and kidlit community, we are really big on bolstering each other up and being shoulders to cry on. I mean, this attitude can become a problem if we don't balance it with an equal dose of reality and honest critique, but even so, it's a pretty awesome community to be a part of most of the time. Being able to find real joy in the success of your friends is an incredible thing.

4.) We're willing to have fun and embrace the freedom of the aspiring. Being a real live professional author seems like a shiny star of a life, but there are drawbacks. Being at the mercy of readers or the publishing industry. Deadlines. Requests for something you don't necessarily want to write. Rejections of things you love. Contracts. Pressure to perform. As aspiring authors, we may be rolling around in a pit of obscurity, but at least we're free to take a chance on any project that we like. If it gets rejected, it sucks, but it's not like we have to scramble to whip up something brand new in three weeks because we have a deadline. We get to keep trying at our leisure until we find the thing that clicks.

5.) We are willing to learn. At least, those of us that are flexible and open to becoming the best we can be are willing to learn. We don't assume greatness. We know we're flawed, we know we're uncut diamonds. And we're okay with honing ourselves until we sparkle enough to become brilliant.

What else do you think aspiring writers are good at?

 

8 comments:

{ Susan Francino } at: October 5, 2012 at 6:29 AM said...

This post is AWESOME. Thank you.

{ Blair B. Burke } at: October 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM said...

Love it!

And some of us are pretty good at blogging :-)

{ JeffO } at: October 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM said...

Very nice post. Thank you! Sadly (or not, I don't know) I don't have much to add.

{ Stephanie Ingrid Sarah Kristan } at: October 5, 2012 at 10:50 AM said...

Awww, group hug! *squeezes*

This is such a great post, such positive energy to send out into the blogosphere. Thank you!

{ Emma } at: October 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM said...

I loved this post! :)

Sometimes it feels like an impossible journey, so reading this made me smile. It's only impossible if you don't try (which is basically my mantra!)

{ Adrianne Russell } at: October 6, 2012 at 6:46 PM said...

This post gives me sooo much hope! I think we're also good at being fearless. Even when we're scared to death, we don't stop putting our words and thoughts and feelings out to the world.

{ Tamara } at: October 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM said...

This was a really great post. LOVE it!!

{ Jaime Morrow } at: November 3, 2012 at 7:46 AM said...

Such a great post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and encouraging all of us. :)

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