On Creeds, Cozy Mysteries, And Getting Out Of Our Own Way …by Susan Lute

Bob Mayer has a creed. Check out his website. A creed, for those who don’t know – I didn’t, according to Jen Talty, is the singular notion you want people to believe. It’s a core set of principles that you project to your audience.

Bob’s creed is: Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way! I’ve heard him say this several times in workshops I’ve attended. I heartily agree, only I have an additional thought. As writers/authors, and readers, we need to get out of our own way. At least that’s true for me. Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy.

I love the philosophy of paying it forward. I’ve been pretty lucky in my writing career. I’ve know the best of both the old and now the new publishing world. Sometime in the next six months I’ll be going live with an updated website (we’re not changing SJP), where writers can go to learn about the business of writing. Stay tuned for more as we get closer to the unveiling date.

There are many authors who follow this philosophy of helping other writers. Of course we believe that here at SJP. Ask any question, business related or not, and we’ll have an answer. You’re not surprised, are you {tongue in cheek}?

For kicks, check out these author sites:

Bob Mayer, Write It Forward

Marie Sullivan Force, About Writing, and Self-Publishing Tips For The Uninitiated

Alexandra Sokoloff, Screenwriting Tricks For Authors

Joan Reeves, SlingWords

You would be disappointed if I didn’t ramble a bit, right? So…my house is like a cozy mystery. You never know what’s going to happen next. It’s always under construction, as though I’m hunting for the secret to the perfect hideaway. It’s chuck full of books and film (almost everywhere you look), and sometimes it’s hard to find a path through to the kitchen. Alright, it IS basically clean, but it also has an air of being well loved and lived in. After eighteen years of wanting to move (me, not the Mr.) I love living here. I have dreams of turning my antique, plain handbag into a bejeweled, evening clutch. This week I finished painting the master bedroom.

One last thought. I think my creed is: Never give up! Never say die! I’m still figuring it out, but that’s a pretty accurate statement of the primary principle I’d like my audience to know.

What’s your creed (readers have creeds too)? And can you add to our list of writers/authors who pay it forward?

 PS. I hope this weekend was spent with family and friends. Happy Easter, or however you celebrate with your tribe.


About Susan

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Posted on April 8, 2012, in General and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the mention!


  2. Thanks for the shout out. Glad you found it intereting and helpful. I totally agree about getting out of your own way.

    I have to say that I so love Alexandra Sokoloff! She’s a great writer, an excellent teacher and one of the nicest people I have ever met!


  3. Great post, Susan. My creed is: “Always take an opportunity for reinvention. ” This is true for me personally and for my characters.


  4. Hi August, yes. I haven’t had a chance to check out Kristen’s website, but a good friend of mine loves her advice.


  5. I know lots of authors who pay it forward. One who comes to mind is Kristen Lamb.


  6. {{{blush}}} Gina, you’re a keeper, lol.


  7. Gina Fluharty

    You pay it forward just by being YOU, so I think you should put you up there. Without you, well, I don’t know where I’d be but I’m sure it wouldn’t be nearly as fun or rewarding as it currently is.


  8. Tammy! I’m right with you. Hang in there, and keep us posted.


  9. Good post. I’m an expert at standing in my own way. A couple of months ago I read The War of Art, and it changed my perspective. I’ve since made a committment to stop letting resistant keep me from succeeding. I’m going to stop holding back, and give this writing romance thing my best shot.


  10. That was an excellent post today. I really enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing your writing.

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  11. LOL! We know this about you. Does that mean when you want to be in charge, the meeting is boring?


  12. My creed is that I have to sit in a boring meeting I might as well be the one in charge. Good post.


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