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Don’t stop believin’ (or I’ll pipe cheesy inspirational 80s power rock songs into your mind)

October 10, 2013

Obligatory picture of the band Journey, straight from 1983

One of the realities of not being a successful published author is the j-o-b. Now, personally, I believe that God has a hell of a sense of humor. It’s the reason the book of the Bible that talks about someone who goes through all kinds of hell has the same name as the thing we go to each day to keep the mortgage paid.

But the book of Job can be an apt comparison to both the j-o-b and to the writing j-o-b some of us aspire to have in the future.

Let’s talking about the mortgage-paying version first. There’s a decent chance that at some point in the process of paying the mortgage over these many years, you’ve gotten involved in a work situation that looked hopeless. One where you’ve been, uhhh, blessed by an abundance of HCMs–that’s holy-crap moments–that make you wish you had a much higher PAA–that’s personal alcohol allowance.

But, you have this addiction to food, clothing, and shelter, so you stick it out, do your best, dig deeper, and all the other pep rally stuff and basically outlast the project. In the meantime, the bank is happy, or as happy as a bank can be–and you’re still regularly eating. And, if you’re lucky, what comes out the other end is worth the effort.

That doesn’t mean you didn’t have great gaping periods where you figured you had no shot at victory and it was time to start scouting out refrigerator boxes and a nice spot near the beach and the library.

The key to success in those situations is believing you’ll make it–and the mortgage thing.

For your writing job, you probably don’t have the mortgage hanging over your head. There’s nothing to force you forward except yourself. That makes the belief in eventual success even more important. Without it, you’re lost.

Your success as a writer depends on only one thing…

…your belief in your eventual success and willingness to do the work to get there.

  1. Elizabeth Ressler permalink
    October 10, 2013 9:20 am

    As always, your word-pic combos convey super-sized writing advice. Thanks, Liz

  2. October 10, 2013 5:39 pm

    Please, did someone proofread this post?

  3. Chris Hamilton permalink
    October 11, 2013 6:56 am

    Actually, yes, I did. And then after your post, I did again and found a couple typos, which have been corrected.

  4. August 26, 2014 6:29 pm

    Just stopping by for a quick read. I’m working on my own post about songs/lyrics that have inspired me to keep writing and not giving up on my dream of being published, and your post caught my eye.

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