Ciao, everybody! I hope you had a great week. Mine, as always, was a busy one.
In honor of the Royal Wedding, I chose a quote from Meghan Markle.
Even though we’re in different industries (I’m a writer and she’s an actress — well, probably not even that anymore), the quote applies. For that matter, I think it applies to all of us.
I know I have a tendency to let things get to me. The funny thing is, I’m willing to bet the majority of things I take personally aren’t intentional slights at all. I have a tender heart, always have. And I wouldn’t change that if I could. I think empathy is important. But I know sometimes I waste time worrying about something that I shouldn’t. If I’m not going to devote years to something, I shouldn’t give it any time at all.
This isn’t just good advice for negative things. Consider your career. Are you willing to pour your heart and soul into your fiction for the next five years (and more)? If not, maybe you haven’t found your bliss yet. Dabble if it interests you, but your time might be better spent pursuing your true calling.
Me? I’m in this for the long haul, so I’ll give my work five minutes, five years, five lifetimes if I have them. But I need to do better about dwelling on the negative.
What about you? Do you take criticism too personally? Are you at or past your five-year mark? Are you going to watch the wedding? (I’m not, but I’m looking forward to seeing a picture of her gown.) Let’s chat below.
And now, this week’s links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- Communication Overseas | Story Empire
- Dead Ends and Pantsers | Romance University
- C. S. Boyack’s Yak Guy and the Empress | Staci Troilo
- Creativity Blocks and Solutions | Story Empire
- Advice for Authors Making a Pitch | Romance University
- Question: How Many Abandoned Works Do You Have? | Story Empire
- Epilogues | Romance University
Posts by others in the industry:
- Keeping Continuity in Prequels | Legends of Windemere
- Exploring Emotions in Characters | Fiction University
- GDPR: What Authors Need to Know | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Blurb Writing | Alison Williams
- Twitter Tips for Authors | D. E. Haggerty
- Indie Publishing Links | Don Massenzio
- Writing in Multiple POVs | The Write Practice
- Sidekicks | Well-Storied
- GDPR for Authors | The Write Conversation
- Rewriting and Refining | Nikki Moore
- A Writer’s Guide to Shotguns | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Improving Your Amazon Author Page | Author Marketing Experts
- Writing YA | The Write Practice
- Case Study of Publishing Options | Your First 10K Readers