Saturday, April 6, 2013

Staying Positive

Staying Positive

If you've tried writing a short story, a full length novel, or, er, anything, you know it can get frustrating, lonesome, and trying. If you've thrown yourself into the query trenches attempting to snag an agent, you know it can get frustrating, lonesome, and...okay. You get it. This industry is hard.

There are so many obstacles when it comes to writing and the world of publishing it's easy to get dragged down by self-doubt and fear. It's even easier to give into those around you who are negative - who don't want to celebrate your small victories with you, who maybe don't understand the passion you have for writing, or are uneducated when it comes to the world of publishing. 

I've found a few things that help me stay positive in this crazy world of writing and publishing.
* Surround yourself with positive people - this can be fellow writers (local, on Twitter, or a writing group)
* Find critique partners who are honest yet have an optimistic outlook in general
* Make your environment positive
       - I have positive words throughout my house/on my walls, such as: "Everyday is a Gift," "Everything   
         Happens for a Reason," "Believe"
       - Let some sunlight into your environment, have your favorite scented candle burning, etc.
* Leave yourself messages/notes of affirmation
       - Sticky notes line my medicine cabinet, some semi-permanent, some change, such as: "Some grin and   
         bear it. Others smile and change it."
* Express your gratitude to your critique partners, your spouse, your beta readers, anyone who's helped you 
   along the way - and just be nice to others on social media outlets. Karma, man!
* Exercise if you can. Even go for a walk. That endorphin release helps you keep a good attitude - besides  
   exercising provides a great backdrop for brainstorming.

Staying positive while breaking into/working in the publishing industry is a must. It's going to keep you going and it's going to help you build relationships. Positive people tend to smile, enjoy themselves, have fun, are kind - people gravitate toward positivity. And you never know who those people you "attract" are - maybe a future CP, an agent, an agency sibling, an editor.

And for all of you who just needs this today...
Write it. Just finish! 
Believe in yourself and make it happen!

What helps you stay positive? Anything you do? Words of wisdom? Quotes you like?

I leave you with this: "Do, or do not. There is no try." -Master Yoda
Cheerleader out, yo!


  1. This is a great post and so glad I read it, been feeling blue as of late wondering if my crazy dream is worth it and it sure is. I will try your suggestions posting positive quotes to help motivate me.

  2. Love it Tonya. Great post! :) *hugs* *sends heaps of positive thoughts*

    Oh! And don't forget the long-distance commiseration phone calls... :) hehe

  3. Thanks for commenting, gals! Keisha, glad it gave you a little something that might help out. Keep going and don't give up! Lynne, oh, how I love our long-distance commiseration phone calls! <--- She's an example of an eternally optimistic, yet honest CP, folks! (As well as an amazing woman and friend.) : )