Success takes time. I see so many of these viral videos or songs that are a One-Hit-Wonder. I don’t want to be a One-Hit-Wonder.
Tom Hanks was in a movie about One-Hit-Wonders. A great flick if anyone wants to see it. In the end, their lives went back to normal.
I don’t want to go back! I want normal to be writing–all the time. I want to get published. I want to keep getting published. And I will work as hard as I have to.
And the one thing I’ve learned is that doing something right means taking the time to perfect your skills. I don’t know how close I am to my goal. But I will keep going until I’m close enough that some agent can’t bear the thought of rejecting me. Editors will wonder where I’ve been all my life. And I will tell them: I’ve been learning, working, honing the words.
And that day, it will all be worth it.
Until then–here are the ways I am getting there, one month at a time.
1) Write 20,000 words on RFA
2) Blog 4 times
3) Read 4 books, one on the writing craft
4) Do not think negatively about the queries I sent in February
5) Participate in Pitch Madness: Clue Edition (I’m scared to do this, but the agents are amazing!)
Good Luck #WriteMotivation buddies and anyone else out there who wants to be writer.
When thinking about goals, I tend to look back on the things I didn’t do rather than focus on the things I did. I’m the one laying flat on my face being kicked when I’m down. What’s kicking my butt? Work, laundry (which I tried to avoid until I had no underwear left), moving, registering my kids for school (the school lost one of them and can’t seem to get him back), yadda, yadda, you know the drill. So I’m pulling myself back on my feet and changing my perspective. The people in WriteMotivation seem to be doing so much, blogging all the time, reading five books a month, and it makes me want to do more.
There’s something incredibly satisfying about the strikethrough. It’s like punching my goals into oblivion. I get to strike through all of the completed tasks and it gives me such a sense of what I’ve accomplished. So here’s to my next bout in the WriteMotivation ring.
1) Finish 100% my final edit of THE PANDORA REVERSAL: SHIFTER.
2) Blog once a week.
3) Go visit at least 5 other blogs per week.
4) Submit PR:S to at least 5 agents.
5) Go on a date with my man.
6) Take my oldest kid to college. I’m so excited for her, and I know she’s ready to go. (But this is the one I dread most. *small tear*)
Thanks to everyone who’s been so supportive. You make me better!