I am sure that at your first glance on the title, you already have an idea of what the article is all about or you presume that I will be talking about moving on from a relationship, from a breakup. Yes, I can talk about that, but actually—the bad news is—I’ve moved on. It’s been a year or so, and there is no reason for me to dwell on a relationship that has no future anymore—but I still have a future—my career—my writing. And that is what I am going to talk about.
Writing is like having a relationship. The only difference is—you have that relationship with yourself.
When you decided to pursue a ‘write’ life—you know very well that you are up for a more ‘challenging’ life. For some, writing is a lonely journey to take. I somehow agree—if you have not really ‘reconciled’ what kind of life is waiting for you out there. But if you already embraced that life—then it is not a ‘lonely’ pursuit, but rather one that is exciting and an adventure.
Let me give you tips, but I just thought of quick, short, and practical tips on how to fully maximize your potential as a writer.
Find your UWV. I know you do not want me to do acronyms. It stands for Unique Writing Voice. This is like your DNA. Hmmm, another acronym, huh? Okay, it is Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid, but to simply put it—it is like your genes. It’s your trademark, in emails—it’s your sigfile.
Work hard on Your Craft. Yes, writing is a ‘gift’ but you need to harness it everyday. It’s like someone who went to a surgery whatsoever—you need not rely on what science has done to your body—you need to work out still. Writing is a physical activity even if you sit down in front of your desktop or your lappy toppy; you need to write at least 15 minutes a day—that is your form of exercise. Also read, read, read a lot. And compete with no one, but yourself.
Create that OPPORTUNITY. There are a lot of writers out there, even far better than you. But the only way to get an advantage over them—you have to have that aggressiveness in you. Never wait for an offer to land on your lap. Send out queries. If you need to do some networking, why not?
If you get REJECTED, it’s all right. Even bestselling authors experienced rejection. Failing is part of the process. It makes you a BETTER PERSON because it will HUMBLE you, but challenges you to do BETTER. Your battle cry: Never give up.
Once get an assignment, DELIVER. This is the most important thing.
So, there you go. Moving on is not an article about moving on from a ‘doomed’ relationship, but moving on to getting better and getting more, profitable writing ventures.
Here is a video to inspire you, to hang on to writing.