Blogger: Mary Keeley
Writing is a life-long learning process. Just ask veteran authors and they will tell you. Call it the Writing-LLL course. I’m devoting today’s post to celebrating writers.
Maybe it’s that the scent of spring is finally in our Midwest air. Fresh. Soon we’ll be opening the windows and cleaning away cobwebs from the dry winter season. Hmm. Sounds similar to writing seasons.
I celebrate you writers, published and yet to be published, who have persevered seemingly endless winters of rejections, revisions, starting over, stalled careers, yet you continue marching forward because you are confident that if you persist in learning from them, spring will eventually arrive.
I celebrate you for writing and re-writing first drafts and receiving constructive feedback from critique partners with a teachable spirit, because you’re all about improving your WIP, and it’s good practice for the time an editor will expect that attitude from you. And then for digging into the second draft: the wordsmithing, the chopping, the smoothing, the polishing.
I celebrate writer critique partners who care enough about each other to be honest. Multiple sets of eyes catch things each one misses while deep into their work. Iron sharpening iron.
I celebrate writers for persevering on the other bullet points of your author job description:
- Identify who your book-buying readers are because you know if you don’t get this right early on, you’ll pay in poor sales later.
- Explore social media to find out where your readers hang out; invest time to nurture author-reader relationships with them; and comment on author and industry blogs because you’ve learned it increases your name recognition and germinates relationships with new readers.
- Balance your writing time with growing your author platform.
- Learn about the industry in order to communicate on a professional level.
The writing life is a tall task and you are tackling it. Take a short break from your work today to celebrate the large and small successes you’ve had in the past year. Let this be a breath of spring air into your writing soul.
Share a writing success, major or minor, that meant a lot to you and your career. And celebrate others who comment on their successes. I’m on the road today and might not be able to reply, but I look forward to reading and celebrating writers with you as I can.
Take time for celebrating writers today. Let it be a breath of spring air into your writing soul. Click to Tweet.
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