What’s waiting for YOU?

31 Dec

As a writer, I try my best to avoid the clichés (you know, “tall, dark and handsome,” “dark and stormy night”). Okay, those aren’t the best examples. But here’s the tired old catchphrase I hear every year at this time: What are you waiting for?

Many of us aren’t sitting around, “waiting” for anything. We’re out there, pounding the pavement (sorry, another cliché), submitting our work and making necessary edits and revisions. We’re doing this while running our households and working our “real” jobs as well.

So, to start 2012 out on the right foot, I decided to ask myself this question instead: What’s waiting for you?

Too many people get discouraged from a few rejections or because they suddenly feel their work isn’t “good enough” for publication. Rather than put the work into the revision process and making the manuscript stronger, they give up. I have read so many stories of this happening early in a writer’s career, for some to find out later that they did in fact have something wonderful that maybe just needed a little editing or perhaps just the right agent for it. But they gave up. And regretted it later.

I will follow the creative muse and write. I will continue my learning journey with the help of writing conferences, critique partners and the hundreds of helpful blogs. I will edit until my fingers turn raw (or keyboard falls apart), because there really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s just waiting for me to find it.

What’s waiting for YOU?

Don’t forget to come back on Monday, Jan. 2 to check out the debut of our 4 Chicks music video. What’s waiting for you could be a brand-new Kindle!

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5 Responses to “What’s waiting for YOU?”

  1. Joe Iriarte December 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    I definitely gave up too easily when I was younger. I wish I could have those years back; I wish I was as obsessed in my twenties as I am now. I’d be published by now for sure. Great post!

  2. ticklingthemuse December 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Thanks Joe! I think everyone’s been bitten by the “give up” bug at one time or another. And hey, you are the perfect example, then, of why you should never give up! 😉

  3. Nancy December 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    What a positive way of thinking! It really is true though. Too often people defeat themselves, and fail simply for lack of perseverance. You are definitely not one to suffer this for yourself, but thank you for reminding those of us who do.

  4. ticklingthemuse December 31, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Thank you, Nancy! Never let ’em get you down (or is it see you sweat? I forget)!
    😉

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