Creativity, My Blog, Positivity

Writing’s Most Important Success Factor

Old vintage typewriter

It has been a while since I’ve worked on my blog. Life got hectic and I allowed excuses to dominate. Looking back, I realized it was actually fear that was dominating. After months of consistent writing and posting, I had put on the brakes. This was right around the time that I had announced to my friends and everyone in my contact lists that I had a blog. I mean, isn’t that the point of a blog? To have people read it.

I think unconsciously I was embarrassed. I could hear the criticism and laughter, if only in my imagination. Writing a blog seemed so self-indulgent—who was I to deem myself an expert? What made me think that I had something of interest that others wanted to hear?

I listened to (and gave into) those negative inner-voices. In other words, I got psyched out!

The lull in my writing did not make me happy. In fact, it downright depressed me. Writing always made me happy; it was fulfilling. It was what I always considered “my thing,” and so to get away from it made me feel a little lost.

A few months back, I did pick back up writing the sequel to my book. In fact, I am halfway (about 25,000 words) in. It is a process. Writing, in general, is a process. Patience is a must. Persistency is a requirement. There is so much to be learned—and so much that I have learned already.

I decided that I needed to change the rules if I was going to continue with my blog. Instead of concerning myself with Google analytics, Pinterest marketing, user views, and ad clicks, I would concentrate on THE WRITING.

This blog is for me first. (I know, this is COUNTER to what all bloggers tell you!)

This blog is my journey and investigation of the creative process. Only then, will I feel that my words will have merit, authenticity, and resonate truth with others.

My mother purchased as a birthday present to me a Master Class with Judy Blume. For those familiar with my first book, you may know that Judy Blume greatly influenced my writing. The class has just started and I am so, so excited about participating! I will share some of my insights (but not divulge her teachings)—I anticipate learning so much!

My first insight is SIMPLE. It contains one word: START!

Writing’s most important success factor is simply WRITING. Write even when you don’t know what to write. Write even when you feel like what your writing is pure rubbish. Just Write!

My husband always jokes that he never wins the lottery.  “Seriously why can’t I just win the lottery?” he will jokingly say followed by his punch line: “Maybe because I never play.”

You laugh, but there is a lesson to be found in those words. . . if you don’t put in the effort then how do you expect results?!

You can’t receive rejection or praise if you do not START. You can’t fail if you never begin. And then once you start, CONTINUE.

I love listening to interviews of those who I admire, especially writers. They are so motivating and inspiring. The common ingredient to their success is that they did not give up. They stress this! They talk about their persistence—through writer’s block, self-doubt, massive edits, and rejection. In fact, I don’t think there is one successful writer out there that didn’t receive rejection.

So let’s get out there and . . . START!

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