I came across this training session today. Most of these things I roll my eyes at, but this one I thought was particularly good. This is a segment of a seminar given by Zig Ziglar, who I’d heard of, but never listened too.
Now, to be honest, his method of presentation is a bit off-putting to me, so if the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, I suggest just closing your eyes and concentrating on what he says.
This is not targeted at authors. I think this can benefit many people in many ways. The last 45 seconds or so, in particular, packs an extra-special punch.
This is about nine minutes long. I suggest taking a minute to listen. People spend big bucks to hear seminars like this, and here you have it for free.
In general, I am a huge optimist. I’m glad I can smile at how wonderful the world is when people around me are hemming and hawing over their rejections and writer’s block. Negativity loves company, but that’s not the company I want to keep. It sucks creative energy.
If I ever start to get negative, I’m coming back to this post to give a listen.
A positive attitude can snowball into positive results.
Give it a try. You may be surprised.
I did something for the first time the other day. I procrastinated.
Now, I’m not talking about the laundry, or doing the dishes—I procrastinated about writing.
Editing to be more exact.
Believe it or not, I have NEVER procrastinated before when it had to do with writing. Never Ever. Writing was always my escape. What better way to get away from the world than with characters that I love.
So here I am, vacuuming, and actually shaving the dog (which I had been procrastinating over for three months.) Now, I’m not talking about a little procrastination. This dog was on the grooming table for a full two hours straight. (No, she does not look like the same dog anymore.)
And it was all because I didn’t want to edit. So, why is that?
I think it is because I have a list of things from the publisher to make sure that are not in my novel. I think it is because I need to dig in and perfect it. But wasn’t it perfect already?
Well yes, and no. There’s nothing like pasting your novel into a manuscript analyzer if you want to make yourself run and hide.
By now, yes, I have started editing. I am fixing and sculpting, and despite my initial hesitation, LAST WINTER RED is actually getting better.
Hmmmm. Maybe these publishers actually know what they are talking about 🙂
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