“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.”
– Clint Eastwood
For many authors, especially those just starting out, we are ever so quick to criticize or make light of the effort we put into our writing. Sometimes it sounds like whining, “I just can’t get it right”, or “I don’t know where to start”, or the ever popular, “It’s just not working for me today”.
Many of the problems we associate with the difficulty of getting published are simply the root cause of why we aren’t more successful more often or why we take so long the find our way on the road to success.
Self-respect leads to self-discipline.
Wise words. Take a few minutes to consider the impact those words might have on your writing and your life. Ask yourself, and be honest with your answer, do you write every day? Do you have a set schedule for writing? Do you perform consistently in a belief that the task you set, once accomplished, will help you on the road to success?
This advice is tantamount to believing in yourself. But getting published won’t be the achievement unless you set yourself a task, and stick to it. Writers write. Most often successful writers write every day. They set a schedule and stick to it. They do not sit down to write then begin judging themselves on the quality of the writing. They see the task accomplished and know any first draft is fixable once it’s written.
What will you do to see a task accomplished? Do you value yourself enough to set a goal and stick to it?
Remember, without self-respect you will find it difficult to earn the respect of others. With the support and encouragement of friends and mentors who believe in you, you will find it easier to believe in yourself.
The road to publication is a difficult and often uphill journey. I’m fortunate to have friends and mentors who help me along the way. Stop over at Fresh Fiction and visit with Christie Craig who will be joining us on the 28th for the release of her latest novel, Blame it on Texas