Writing Is A Lonely Profession…. by Nancy Brophy
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Last year I quit RWA because I felt my writing career was headed in a different direction than the National Organization whose focus was still on traditional publishing. I still feel that way. RWA’s message, as I read it, is that “we are a big organization – be patient, change comes slowly.” So slowly that the issues of the indie pubbed aren’t even making the yearly convention agenda, much less going in the direction I want.
I believed then and still do now that I need to march with those headed down the less trodden path.
But a funny thing happened. I missed my writer friends. The hub of our friendship has always been based up our local RWA chapter, Rose City Romance Writers. So my withdrawal from RWA lost one of the threads that held us together.
As a result this year I rejoined RWA and am running for President. So if I can’t make changes one way…
My writing needs the focus that comes from friendly fire. Those who love you also serve to make your stories stronger though ideas, constant educational input and some physical violence. I did less writing in the past six months than in entire previous years.
So, despite the glacial pace that RWA sets, I derive more from them than I had originally imagined. This knowledge brought me to another surprising tidbit. I do more thinking about my h/h’s goals, motivation and mottos than my own. But in the past six months I’ve come to discover that I do know my motto.
Attitude is Everything.
Here is what I have learned. If your life is in trouble or the results you’re expecting aren’t materializing – change your attitude. It will change your life. And isn’t that always our overarching storyline?
Everybody’s life contains pain and sorrow, some so tragic it makes you weep just to hear about it. But if sorrow dictates your story, nobody grows. We write about confronting our fears and making changes. The h/h’s goal in the beginning of the story is rarely the same goal at the end.
Yet in our real lives we cling tenaciously to those beliefs which keep us from moving on. The easiest way I know to create change is to look at each situation creating problems from a new perspective. Stop seeking advice from the same people. If you are getting your career advice from those who have neither money nor resources, maybe you should consult a different sage. Maybe you aren’t as limited in your skill set as they would have you believe. Maybe the right career is just around the corner, but you’re staring straight ahead. My advice to you would be to make a different move. See the horizon with new eyes.
Some of us fail to act out of fear. What if my choice is the wrong decision? I would say this – it doesn’t matter. You have nothing to lose but the rut you’re in. Regardless of whether your choice resulted in a success or failure you will have moved to a different place.
No one loves change or transitions. But thank goodness for them. Without them our lives would be exactly as we imagined in our teen years. For me, that would be too depressing to even consider.
This week I am blogging from beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina. While Texas, where I grew up, is technically in the south, living in Texas is not considered southern. Texas, as we used to say is not a state, but a state of mind. Raleigh on the other hand truly represents the south and you can hear it in every soft, spoken word. The gentile way of life maybe dying some places, but not here.
Posted on February 1, 2013, in General and tagged attitude is everything, author, books, General, indie, Life changes, publishing, romance writers, See Jane Publish, self-published. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.