Well, DUH, you say. We already knew that. True. But there’s knowing and there is understanding what you know. And there’s really understanding what we need to know, to achieve success. Kristen Lamb nudged me into seeing this (think in terms of that anvil the Road Runner used on the Coyote: Five Principles of Achievement
You might back slide. You might do something else for a while. But you do NOT quit.
I once decided to research what former profession successful writers held. Some of them continue in this profession since this is not the most stable of vocations. Lots of nurses, ever notice? Police, military, teachers. Mmm Hmmm. Business owners, especially entrepreneurs, people who have started and held together various businesses; successful sales people. Lawyers, quite a few of those, and also teachers.
What is the common denominator for these professions? You can’t skate through these jobs on charm and a smile. And with most of them you also need an extensive education. No faking it in nursing or law (well, some lawyers…) Most if not all of these professions require good scheduling and a tremendous work ethic.
I know, these are very broad generalizations. But writing, especially writing prolifically, requires dedication, scheduling, and determination to succeed. All of which are invaluable in the above professions.
Of course, there’s a lot to be said for a scattered approach to your prior to writing occupation. If nothing else, you
gather a plethora of experience…**holds hand up high and proud**…I never made it into vet school but I waited tables and groomed dogs and trained horses with the best of them. Leading me, in my 30s, to a temp position as a buyer’s assistant at a power plant. And I discovered it’s just so much nicer to work indoors when the thermometer is busting out the top of the glass. Not to mention being paid if you’re sick!!! Another plus is not smelling like cigarette smoke or flea dip when you drag yourself home from work.
With my mind not obsessing over paying my bills without destroying my back I was able to free my thinking patterns up to write down the stories I’d been mentally collecting for decades.
Write. Rewrite. Edit. Submit. Repeat as needed, ad infinitum
Definitely the formula for success.
7 responses to “Formula for Success #AmWriting #MFRWAuthor”
Thanks for the shout-out! You make some really awesome points. Might riff with this and link back here 😉 .
THANKS! You are an inspiration!
I noticed you placed nurses first. I like it. Great post. Writing does involve the qualities you mentioned. Mainly learned from our professions. Loved the mini lawyer joke.
I’ve written for many years, seven of those on a blog, and I definitely have gotten better (more interesting and less self-focused, I hope) with life experience and job variety. Good insights, Mona.
I also have a Kristen Lamb post waiting to be shared in my Weekly Wrap-Up this weekend. 🙂
I liked this post, but I have a lot more creative juices flowing now that I’m no longer working in computers. Too much intellectual work, and being on call 24×7 screws up your life in all sorts of ways. Other jobs I had gave me room for outside interests, wish I’d accomplished more back then! Thanks for sharing!
My observation has been that those who held those careers have the work habits in place to succeed at writing.
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Great post, and nice to see that Kristen Lamb commented! Wish you the best with your writing.