The 3 Most Dangerous Thoughts to your Writing Career Follow @mistersalesman

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by M LeMont

After publishing my first book, I began to wonder if being an author was really worth it–then I found this quote that changed my perspective.
"...good and bad things would happen to me, but, in the long run, all of it would be converted into words." -Jorge Luis Borges

Wow! How profound is that? It changed my way of thinking, entirely. I began to look at writing in a totally different way.
Life is nothing more than one long Hollywood movie, and as a writer you can carve out a small piece and write about it.
Write because you love it, and manage your expectations.

The reward is in the writing itself.

You have the ability to write it down on paper and bring the story to life. How many people in the world can do that? If you see things differently–then YOU can be different.

The 3 Most Dangerous Thoughts to your writing career

1. You think–you will get famous overnight. The odds are about the same as an athlete getting drafted into the NBA or NFL, a singer becoming a rock star or a person hitting the lottery. This sort of thinking will take the wind out of your sails fast.

2. You think–you will get support from your spouse- Don't count it! And if you get it–good for you. Count your blessings! It's the deadliest threat of the three that can make you quit writing.

3. You think–friends and family will buy your book and give you good reviews. I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but if you think you'll get their support–you're dead wrong. Most friends and family don't care–the only thing they want to know is–how many books have you sold. So don't take it personally, it's just the way it is.

In the meantime, if you write because you love it and manage expectations, "One day, you may be so damn good, they can't ignore you." ~Steve Martin (altered)

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Build a better mouse trap than your neighbor and the world will make a beaten path to your door."
(It will be just a matter of time.)

Results live in the future–you have no control over the time or the place.