Successful Authors Don’t Complain

Successful Authors Don't WhineThis is the second habit in the list, “The 15 Success Habits of Highly Paid Authors and Writers,” by Tom Corson-Knowles. This seemed a bit funny to me at the time – doesn’t everyone complain about something? We all have bad days. We have days where we don’t feel like writing. Or maybe the opposite – a day when all we really want to do is write, but we have a nine-to-five job, or children to take care of, or errands to run, or a sick parent to care for. And by the time we stagger to our computers, we are just too tired to think!

But this is precisely what separates the successful, highly paid authors from the wanna-bes.

We all have the same number of hours in our day. We are each gifted every morning when we wake up with another twenty-four hours. How we choose to spend those hours makes all the difference. Some people can see their busy schedule, and just give up. They complain about their lot in life. “If only I didn’t have to do this, then I could write a best-seller.” But others just take action. They see that there is a problem. They are overworked, and simply do not have the time they need – so they come up with a plan.

Maybe a busy mom will need to hire a teen to come play with the kids afterschool, so she can carve an hour a day of uninterrupted writing. Maybe other authors will plan to get up an hour earlier, so they can write for an hour before they shower and dress for their day job. Maybe we get together with another writer in a similar situation, and help each other out. “I’ll take the kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays, if you’ll take them Mondays and Wednesdays.” The point isn’t how you find time to write, only that you do find the time. If you want to be a successful writer, you have to write! So don’t complain about all the things that are keeping you from succeeding. Figure out how to work with the challenges in your life and just do it.


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One comment

  1. racheldevineuk says:

    Very true. When people say, “How do you find the time to write books?” I tell them that I write mainly at night and I rarely watch TV. Something has to be sacrificed if you really want to write.

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