3 Laws That Will Help Your Writing in 2014

Posted on February 3, 2014

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ImageKing Solomon once said that if a farmer waits for the perfect weather to plant they will never plant, and if they watch every cloud they will never harvest. I know you may be wondering what farming has to do with writing.  Well, this little nugget of wisdom can help you as a writer in many ways. How? Let me ask, what is holding you back from fully pursuing your dream of becoming a writer, or a published author?  What is keeping from sharing your story? Is it fear, doubt, laziness or lack of motivation?  As humans we all experience these emotions.  Going after your dream is never easy; if it was, everyone would be living their dreams. Sometimes we settle for less then what we desire because of the obstacles that we encounter on our journey. As a writer it can be a rejection letter from a publishing company, or the inability to actually write because of an injury. Or life can get pretty busy and overwhelming due to personal responsibilities, and you must place your dreams on hold.

Maybe this is you at this very moment and you want to move forward with your writing goals. You might be the person that King Solomon describes, waiting until you are really good writer. But the truth is we are our worst critics and sometimes we spend years waiting until we’re “good enough” only to realize that time has passed us by. 2014 is a new year, a year to move one step closer to your literary goals. No, this is not a New Year resolution or a self-help article. I just want those who are aspiring to be authors to reach that dream. Here are three simple truths that may help you along the way.

  1. Discipline– This is the word that most people don’t want to hear. Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” To be great at something is to constantly be learning about that subject and doing things pertaining to that great goal. This means setting goals and actually accomplishing them. There are numerous ways to do this. One is by giving yourself writing challenges. If you are attempting to write a book, one challenge would be setting a page number goal for each day and sticking to it. Discipline means being committed to seeing your goals fulfilled. Sometimes you may not want to write anymore but discipline helps you form good habits, which will help you in reaching your goals.  This may mean giving up some free time to write more, or instead of spending money on other things,  beginning to  invest in your craft by attend workshops,  finding local editors, networking and  finding people who have the same interest.
  2.  No Pity Parties– Kevin Harmon, a self-published author of The Arch Angel Response had every reason to complain. He became a quadriplegic after an accident but still managed to write a 500-page book without his hands. He used Dragon Dictate, a voice recognition software (VRS). According to his blog, he was also denied by every publishing company and literary agent he sent inquiries to.  Kevin could have given up and said that the odds were against him, but he kept going. He could have wallowed in his misfortune and thrown himself a pity party.  Instead, he overcame his roadblocks.  Remember that pity parties don’t bring you any closer to your dreams.
  3. Other Writers– Having a great support system is key to achieving your goals. Surrounding yourself with other authors and people who know the publishing industry will help you gain knowledge. They can also offer you criticism and motivation.  Find people who are passionate about writing, because passion is contagious.

Where there is a will, there is a way. We all come from various walks of life and we all experience roadblocks along the way. But these things should never stop us from achieving our dreams. If you have been rejected by traditional publishing companies, try self-publishing. If you lack the ability to effectively communicate your thoughts through writing, find a ghostwriter. If you are injured or suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis, try a VRS such as Dragon Naturally speaking. If you dream of being a writer, keep writing and write every day.  You must be willing to work and sacrifice to achieve success.

Rachelle Legentus, Writer and Editor, Asta Publications

http://www.astapublications.com

Asta Publications has a long history of helping writers tell their stories and get published. Since 2004, Asta Publications has helped hundreds of authors bring their book concepts to life and we are ready to help you too! Our dedication to our authors is unmatched. We deliver first-class products and services that are accurate, high quality, and exceed our authors’ expectations.

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