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There Is No Substitute For Hard Work In Writing

24 Dec

003Merry Christmas Eve!  Thanks for spending a few moments of this special week with me.  What shall we talk about today? How about the subject of hard work?

First a quote to get us started.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.
Thomas A. Edison

And that is a classic quote!

Writing is tough work.  Succeeding in writing is Herculean hard work.

I don’t know how you define success in writing, but for me, the gap between where I am and where I want to be is filled with hard work.  There are no short cuts in this business.  Whether you want to be a successful blogger or a world famous author, hard work is the key.

We read about famous authors and we see the fame and success that accompany that fame, and it is easy to forget the dues that had to be paid in order for that fame to become a reality.  I have no idea how many hours in the past three years I have spent writing and working on my craft.  Literally thousands of hours would be my guess, and at this point in my career I have very little to show for it…but…I have more to show for it today than I did last year, and next year at this time I will have more still, and it will happen, and did happen, because of hard work.

If you want short cuts then get a map from Google. If you want success then work.

BOOK OF THE DAY

The Writer’s Digest just released a new book and you can find it here.  It is called the Complete Guide To Article Writing and I have the feeling it is a good one.  Check it out.

PROMPT OF THE DAY

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You know the drill. What do you see? How does this picture affect your five senses? Are you inspired?

CONTEST OF THE DAY

The Gertrude Stein Award In Fiction contest is taking submissions now. They are looking for eclectic short stories, 8,000 words or less. They are looking for oddball. They are looking for something a little left of normal. Check them out here.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Tis the season of giving, so how about giving some support to a fellow writer?  One supportive note from you might mean the difference in the life of a struggling writer.  What say you? Can you give that much today?

SALUTATION OF THE DAY

Merry Christmas to you all, or Happy Holidays if you prefer.  Whatever floats your boat, I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends in the upcoming days. Thank you for your support.  My peers and friends mean the world to me.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”