Thursday, April 16, 2015

Negativity Not!

The craft we pursue, by its very nature, can keep us on a merry-go-round. Our stories run a gamut of emotions and it's a wonder we don't have nervous breakdowns from the things we experience alongside our characters. For those of us who aren't seeing any major advancement on our writing journey, that can be a letdown and with it comes the temptation to get depressed.

As my mother used to remind me, Rome wasn't built in a day. We spend a lot of time doing our apprenticeship and also take the time to learn the important aspects of this craft we'll never master. In the same way, it will take time to find our genre, our niche market and a wider audience.

Whenever you are tempted to slide into negativity, thinking you'll never make it as a writer, remind yourself of how far you've come on your journey and tell yourself that your best days are ahead. Greet each day with a sense of adventure because you never know if today is the day you'll find a reader who swoons over your writing or whether you'll start the story that will eventually become a bestseller.

And just to make sure you don't get stuck on that road, remember:

Negativity only breeds more negativity. I wish to not allow it to enter my heart and not for it to take harbour. It may make itself a home and never leave.
                                                                                                            ― Aisha Mirza

19 comments:

i b arora said...

great advice

Michelle Wallace said...

Down with negativity!
Onwards and upwards we go.....
Thanks Joy!

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks, guys! Onward and Upward indeed, Michelle.

Christine Rains said...

Excellent advice! Just keep moving forward. :)

Pat Hatt said...

Have to keep on forging ahead. I'm only negative when I'm positive something will be negative lol

Dean K Miller said...

Self-doubt, self-negativity, self-hate, yup we see it all somewhere along the way.

But, we either write or we don't. Bottom line, the "selfs" of our writing come and go. Let them. The words, they last forever.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

A few weeks ago I was battling the negativity but the A to Z doesn't allow time for it.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Great quote! Needed to read that today.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No matter what, keep the attitude up!

Debra McKellan said...

I need to print this and post it on my wall.

Dr. J said...

Focus on what you do have and not what you do not have, and it will be all right, even for a writer :-)

Patricia Lynne said...

Great advice. I always need this reminder too because I have a bad habit of getting negative.

T. D. Harvey said...

I don't tend to suffer much with negativity. I'm grateful for that because I see how much affects my fellow writers. I genuinely enjoy the ride. I hope I can continue to do so.

TD Harvey
A to Z participant
http://www.tdharveyauthor.com

T. D. Harvey said...

I don't tend to suffer much with negativity. I'm grateful for that because I see how much affects my fellow writers. I genuinely enjoy the ride. I hope I can continue to do so.

TD Harvey
A to Z participant
http://www.tdharveyauthor.com

Lisa said...

This is something I needed to hear today. I really want to break my habit of thinking only of the things I don't like in my life, instead of thinking only of the things I do like. Thanks for the reminder and hope you had a good trip! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

Jolie du Pre said...

After many years, particularly in the last year, I've gotten much better at the negativity with regard to this writers' life. I no longer think about quitting, and I'm excited about the present and future.

Precious Monsters

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks so much for sharing your positive and inspiring thoughts. Today was one of those super-busy days so, I'll catch up with on the Challenge Trail.

That's Purrfect said...

So true! I try to be more a "glass half full" rather than "half empty" type of person but sometimes it's difficult when things just aren't going right.

Nadine_Feldman said...

Yep! I love these posts. They are inspirational without being preachy.