My best advice? Try. Ask. Risk. Surround yourself with those who share–or at least support–your dream. Not yes-bots, but reality-peeps with gentle sage advice willing to give you a butt-kick when needed along with that shoulder to cry on, and support your toddler steps.
What’s the worst that could happen–you fail. So what? Here’s a lesson learned from dog and cat behavior–the only way pets learn on their own is to make mistakes, so failure is value-added. Each setback stings but also adds wisdom that comes with a callous on your nether regions for future protection. Thing is, dogs and cats learn REAL FAST compared to humans. People are just wired to be stupid sometimes, and it takes head-banging angst before I learn there’s an open doorway just waiting for me to walk through.
I have a confession to make. For years, I wanted to write a play and compose music but never got around to it. I was like all those wannabe writers (not YOU of course!) who like to say, “I’ve always wanted to write a novel…” and have every excuse in the book to postpone the dream.
Ya know what it took to get me to actually get off the “wannabe” pot? An insult from someone that really didn’t matter in the scheme of things. Yet I let those hurtful comments undermine my confidence and drive me away from something I desperately loved. To fill that hole in my heart my good friend Frank and I decided to create our own show, and KURVES (and the wonderful cast and crew!) put those careless comments right where they belonged–the litter box.
Time Waster or Time Investment? Social Media for Writers from Laurie Huston
Ebook Pricing for Writers from Dean Wesley Smith, he’s actually done some research, an interesting read
Kindle Nation Survey on reader habits, interesting info
PayPay vs Naughty Pink Bits oh no you DIDN’T?! from Susan Brassfield Cogan’s Blog
Audio Books Anyone? Some how-to info
French Seize Digital Rights?! Writer Beware awesome blog!
Twitter Tips for Tweeps from my writing buddy Nita Beshear
2012 International Digital Awards contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America.
Christina Katz: Author of The Writer’s Workout from Jenn Nips blog
Firearms For Writers a conference speaker April 14 in Ohio from an RWA chapter, looks good!
AKC Names Most Popular Dog Breeds is yours here?
Learn the Benefits of Play from Kitty from awesome blogger Angie Bailey
Owners Concerns Re: Euthanasia & Care
Birthday Surprise: Wife gets namesake pet-adoption center
Tough Job…NOT! Perfect for writers–get paid to stay home with the dog!
Why Cats Run the Internet and sell sell sell!
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