I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.
– The Little Engine That Could
Why does it seem like some people eat four leaf clovers for breakfast, while others just can’t catch a break? Why do some authors write their first book and get a publishing contract within months, and others struggle for years without so much as a partial request from an agent? Maybe sometimes it truly is being in the right place at the right time, or a matter of knowing the right person. Or… maybe some of us need to grudgingly admit that we could use a little more time to hone our skills. Everyone’s journey is different. We can’t compare ourselves to other writers. But there’s one thing that NEVER fails. The power of positive thinking.
We can be our best friend, or our own worst enemy. I know. I know. We all experience that yo-yo effect when writing. I’ve been there too. One day, your pen is filled with liquid gold; everything that you write is the next Big Thing. National Bestseller list, here I come. And the following day, you’re never going to patch up those plot holes, far less finish the manuscript. But writing, as with most things in life, is subject to the same self-fulfilling prophecy rule. So, SNAP OUT OF IT!
Nothing is impossible. Yeah, okay. It’s cliché. But clichés exist for a reason. If you constantly tell yourself ‘I think I can’, then you will. On the other hand, what do you think all this negativity is doing to your future writing career? So whether it’s finishing your memoirs, or that self-help book that will change the world, or the next epic vampire-fairy-angel-witch love story, just remember, the only way that you’ll fail is if you give up. So don’t hold yourself back. What are you waiting for? Go write! No, seriously… Why are you still reading this blog? Do it! And happy writing.